Life was getting difficult for Jurbus to fulfill the basic necessities of four family members (3 children and her husband). At times, she had to beg door to door for food. Living with her blind husband along with her children in a single room provided by a landlord in a remote village of district Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Jurbus, belongs to a remote valley of Chatorkhand in Ishkoman region of district Ghizer where there were scarcely available livelihood opportunities for women.
Hashoo Foundation’s women empowerment honey bee project in district Ghizer selected Ms. Jurbus as a project beneficiary. She was initially provided with 7 days of honey bee farming training and afterwards, “ a honeybee production kit and 4 beehives were provided.
The training was delivered in local language with continuous technical supervision along-with support for market linkages this helped her to sell the produce at good margins.
In the first season she was successful in producing 10 kg of honey from each beehive which she sold locally and earned an unexpected surplus in the first year. This substantial income benefitted and elevated the entire socio-economic condition of Jurbus. She enrolled her children in school the very next year. Now she is economically independent and supporting her family members” This intervention not only changed the economic status of Jurbus, but her entire family moved out from their chronic poverty situation to earning a regular monthly income.