"I'm proud to do this"
Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. A lack of health facilities in rural areas, combined with a scarcity of female health workers, means that many women don’t receive the healthcare they desperately need.
But women like Abida are set to change this situation. Along with 200 classmates, she will graduate from nursing school this year and will go to work in some of the poorest villages in her home province.
“I’m here to learn something, so I can serve my village and my country,” Abida explains. “I’m really proud to do this. I try to study as hard as I can.”
The nursing school in Jalalabad is one of six across the country that are training more than 200 nurses. Set up by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health with support from UNDP, the school is training a new generation of female healthcare workers. When the first class graduates, these new nurses will return to some of the most disadvantaged parts of Afghanistan, bringing much needed health care to women in the hardest to reach communities.
“I don’t waste a single day without learning,” says Abida. “I don’t want to see a mother die on the way to a clinic, or see her child become an orphan.”Donate now
“I’ve Benefited from Beekeeping”
Victoria and her family live in the country’s mountainous eastern region, where the impacts of climate change are jeopardizing traditional agriculture-based sources of income. Rising temperatures hinder crop production, more intense rainfall produces increased landslides and flooding, and deforestation and loss of vegetation combined with extreme rainfall are eroding the topsoil. As a result, food security has deteriorated and farmers’ livelihoods are endangered.
Thanks to our programs promoting sustainable agro-forestry activities and providing vocational training, many Ugandans have diversified their work. Beekeeping, which relies on nature to produce honey to sell, is one such activity and has become a lifeline for many, including Mama Beehive.
“I have benefitted from beekeeping,” she said. With the profits from her honey sales, Victoria can pay for her children’s school fees and uniforms. It’s an investment in their economic – and environmental – future.Donate now
"Necessity is the mother of invention"
The Syrian Civil War has displaced 6.5 million people, upending families and putting one in four Syrians in poverty. UNDP is working hard on many levels to restore dignity to Syrians, including training women in new technical skills.
Aisha, her husband and their five children fled the devastating conditions in Aleppo to a shelter. There, she trained with UNDP to become a plumber because the family couldn’t get by on one income. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” she says. “There is nothing wrong if a woman works to help her husband — together we can make a more productive outcome.”
Using the drainage tool kit given to her, she started fixing water faucets within the shelter and improving her income. Aisha’s main concern is providing for her children: “I’ll use the money to buy their school uniforms.”
Plumbing puts bread on the table, but Aisha is most proud of being able to repair pipes to bring safe, clean water to other Syrian families.Donate now
"The Loan Really Helped"
Rémy has been a carpenter since 1982. The trade has evolved over time, he says, and now increasingly requires the use of machinery to stay current and expand his client base.
Small business owners like Remy looking to buy or replace equipment, or expand their business have trouble securing loans due to a lack of credit. So they turn to loan “sharks” who charge extremely high interest, and often add unfair payment terms, trapping the borrower into poverty.
In DRC, we support finance programs that don’t discriminate against people like Rémy. These programs offer a fairer alternative, ensuring reasonable lending terms, classes in financial and business literacy and a chance for people to connect with other entrepreneurs who offer mentorship.With UNDP’s help, Rémy secured a loan which helped him buy tools, including a portable electric saw and a generator. This allows him to work through power outages and expand his business. “The loan really helped me in my job.”Donate now
"I am often haunted"
The April 2015 earthquake that rumbled Nepal destroyed strawberry harvests for many Nepalese. In Nuwakot district, famed for its fragrant fruit, livelihoods were destroyed and people were afraid to return to work among the aftershocks.
Sukumaya, from Hillevite in Kakani, lost more than 10 kilograms of strawberries that were being nurtured for cultivation in the quake.
“I was plucking strawberries leaves when the earth began to shake,” she recalled. “Even now, when I am on the field, I am often haunted.”
But with the help of UNDP, Sukumaya restarted her plantation. Through UNDP programs, Sukumaya and other Nepalese micro-entrepreneurs received 1,500 strawberry runners to help revive their enterprise.
Now, Sukumaya is back in business, able to provide for her family. And we’re proud that hundreds more within her district have moved out of poverty thanks to our recovery programs.Donate now