Females were not taken as productive as men in the previous times. They were simply involved in non productive activities like house chores. Now a day, this is becoming changed. Women are involved in income generating and productive activities in country sides as well as urban. To achieve the millennium development goals, the government and non-governmental organizations are taking their responsibilities. REST, one of the leading nongovernmental local organization, is empowering women to change the lives of many families.
50 years old Giday Asfaw is the resident of MerebLekhe wereda in central zone of Tigray. She gets married when she was 15 years old. Now, she is the head of 5 families. She has not been to any formal education. Giday was productive safety net program (PSNP) beneficiary and dependent to government assistance.
She said “My living standard was below the expected level. But REST did not give time for this bad time to bring formal living standard. I can say REST has already changed my life.”
When you see her compound there is a Holistein Frisian (HF) cow with its calves. The name of the cow is ‘’Rahwa’’. She started her speech with long laugh and great pleasure. She said “it is good time for me; because REST made me economically powerful. REST gave me a Holistein Frisian (HF) cow in 2006 and the cow delivered 5 calves. I sold 3 cows of the total cost 41,200 ETB. At this time I have one HF cow with its 3 calves. I am getting 16 liters of milk per day and sold 16 ETB per liter.”