By Julia Guimaraes
Mardonova Mehrubon, from the Sayyora village in Tajikistan, is one of the beneficiaries of IFAD’s Livestock and Pasture Development Project (LDPD-II). LDPD-II aims at reducing poverty in the Khatlon region as well as enhancing the local population’s nutrition levels through livestock productivity. Mardonova is a mother of three and one of the recipients of LDPD’s milk processing equipment. The distribution of this income generation machine is part of the second phase of LDPD, entirely dedicated to the promotion of women’s economic independence. Women Income Generation Groups (WIGG) have also been established as part of the effort.