The PEACE project contributes to rebuilding the Malakand Division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) and empowering the people to participate in their social and economic recovery. The geographical spread of Malakand, almost 30,000km2, poses immense challenges; so does poverty – an estimated 42% of the population lives below the poverty line and basic social services are lacking in many areas.
To revitalise rural economies and promote renewable energy to enhance social cohesion and opportunities for sustainable livelihoods in Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
- 12,000 broad-based, representative, inclusive and democratic community institutions have been established and strengthened, inclusively representing men and women for their social and economic development, with villages federated at the level of Union Councils.
- 240 community managed Micro Hydel Power units have been installed with an estimated production capacity of 21 megawatts providing electricity to approximately 75,200 households.
- 771 Community Physical Infrastructure Schemes have been established and are providing access to basic social sector services to approximately 144,950 households.
- 6,000 women are more empowered and are availing of better social and economic empowerment opportunities.
- Economic growth has been stimulated by developing Value Chains that will benefit approximately 4,000 households.
Hydro power plants lighting up lives
Nizam-ud-Din lives in the village of Jukhtai in Swat – home to 2400 people. Although he is a skilled tailor, he had to abandon the trade he had learned due to the frequent electricity cuts in his area. Instead, he worked in his general store.
That all changed when the EU-funded PEACE project helped the villagers install a 65 kW micro-hydro power plant. The villagers helped build the 8 million rupee plant and provide materials and have also been trained to operate and maintain it. Today, they enjoy power supply day and night. Phones can be charged, students can study at night with proper light, and the villagers can watch television. Even the economy has benefited.
Now, Nizam is once more able to offer tailoring services. This combined with what he earns at the store, has enabled him to make enough money to educate his children and save for the marriage of his daughter.