Humera Alwani
Former PPP MPA

 

After BISP (Benazir Income Support Program) another achievement of PPP Sindh government is to introduce the (UCBPRP) Union Council Poverty Reduction Program which works for poorest rural women of Khairpur, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin & Umerkot districts.

The UCBPRP working under (SRSO) Sindh Rural Support Organization, setup by Sindh government with the total budget of 5 billion, the program components included 39808 women’s organization by community Investment Fund (CIF) to each women organization for small investments upto 1 to 3 lac per woman for home based business as well as this program has trained vocational trainers upto 32244 persons & 8599 units, it grants financial assistance around 30708 poorest village women who now stands their own feet.

Initially in 2009 its start from 2 districts of Sindh i.e. Kashmore Kandhkot & Shikarpur outlay 2.9 billion. Its aim to improve the living standard & quality of poorest ladies:-

1. Income generating grant to poor women for purchasing livestock.

2. Small loans given as a revolving funds providing enterprise and for agriculture up to Rs. 25000.

3. Vocational Training by UCBPRP like beautician, tailoring, handy crafts etc.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari because of uniqueness of women empowerment completely own UCBPRP implemented for the under privileged rural areas women to provide them financial assistance through Government of Sindh.

Women of these 6 districts are shown their keen interest to uplift their living standard through vocational training skill will contribute towards labour force but most important factor is connecting these skill trained with the needs of marked (majority of them are trained in traditional culture skill of handicrafts, embroidery, dress making and stitching mostly get self employment.

Now in 2017 the European Union also replicated the same model and extended this program into 8 districts of Sindh titled as SUCCESS started in June 2017.

Now the UCBPRP is copying the international level alleviation the poverty to empowering the women who is the real force of generating economic resources for her house.

This was the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to empower rural women to get respect in society by economic empowerment. This is another success story by PPP government after BISP (Benazir Incoome Support Program) and implementing by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who really now fulfilling his mother’s dream through UCBPRP which more than 6 lac women of 6 district of Sindh Stand on her own fact by empowering financially.

Now its an another dream of Chairman PPP Bilawal that this UCBPRP will start in every district of Sindh & then all over the Pakistan. Women empowerment is the only way of success of any country and nation.

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