Ashwaq and her seven family members live in the Gaza Strip where she is responsible for ensuring her family has enough food and proper shelter. She struggles with high blood pressure and diabetes while three of her children also suffer from different disabilities and health problems. The family situation, coupled with the financial burden, puts huge pressure on Ashwaq.
Ashwaq previously worked in embroidery but was forced to stop after a surgical procedure. She receives assistance from her daughter every three months but must rely on her son finding work to cover her family’s basic needs. Like the majority of Gazan’s who are unemployed, food insecurity, coupled with COVID-19, has only exacerbated their daily lives.
“We used to live with the least of food, but since COVID19 and the lack of work, we were not even able to have bread to eat, so there many days have passed without finding food for my family”, said Ashwaq.
Ashwaq, along with 33 other female-headed households in the Gaza Strip, were beneficiaries of the KinderUSA Women Empowerment Chicken Farming Project. Her family received the knowledge and tools needed to successfully raise and sell 200 baby chicks in the open market. Now, her chicken breeding business is up and running and she finally has the opportunity to become self-sufficient.
“I am very happy because I needed a project that will provide for me and my family with a fixed income to ensure our food security. I will use the money that I will get from the project to pay for our medications that I was not able to afford despite of our urgent need for it continuously.”
Thank you to all who help to provide economic sustainability for these women, leading to the better health of their children and assured continued education.