Um Noor, from a neighboring village and a mother of seven, is also another beneficiary of the project. She was delighted to receive 3 sheep and reported that not only did she achieve sufficiency but sells the excess products to the local stores as well. This has helped her better her family’s condition.
Maisa Makooseh, project coordinator said that these projects are intended to help rural women achieve self-sufficiency and even contribute to their families income especially in light of the harsh economic straights families are going through. She added that she hoped that such projects will continue to receive donors’ support, especially because some of the beneficiaries need help with the cost of feed as well as retraining, counseling, and veterinary services.
Ms. Makooseh called for the continuation and expansion of this project to include a large number of Palestinian families so as to alleviate the economic hardships under Israeli occupation. She added that in determining eligibility, we take into consideration such factors as family’s need, past experience, and the ability to sustain such projects and availability of a place for the sheep.
Ms. Makooseh added that the sheep project was the third stage of a three-stage women empowerment project in cooperating the Food and Agriculture Organization. The first stage, named, Family Backyard, helped families create small gardens and dig artesian wells. 35 families from Silfeet benefited from this project. The second phase helped families package and sell home grown products to local markets. Another 25 families from neighboring villages also benefited from that project .