PACIDA is committed to enhance communities livelihood by enhancing livestock, pastoral and livestock-based livelihoods in terms of increasing production and productivity while ensuring ecosystem conservation and integrity; diversify livelihood strategies in order to expand household food and income sources while at the same finding alternative livelihoods for those no longer able to continue in livestock-based pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems, because they have moved and settled in urban or peri-urban settings.
Training in business development, financial management and record keeping has enabled women to improve their enterprises by tracking expenditure and maximizing profits. With increased knowledge and opportunities, women have become more enthusiastic and determined to have profitable businesses. The businesses include: planting and sell of tree seedlings, livestock trade, sale of groceries, retail/wholesale shops, butcheries, sell of second hand clothes, cereals, paraffin for cooking, bidding for tenders like construction, supply of commodities to schools and institutions, sale of curios on large scale, etc. PACIDA has also facilitated exposure tours to similar women traders in different areas. In Hurri Hills, for example, some groups were trained on bee keeping and given beehives.
With increased income from the enterprises, women have established social support mechanisms, where from within the group, they are able to give back to the needy in the community. The increased knowledge and business skills has enticed the beneficiaries to other women for experience sharing.
On agriculture, community members have also been trained on how to farm different crops and establishing kitchen gardens (A case of Hurri community) and tree planting (A case of Songa women group). On the other hand, capacity building of Livestock Marketing Associations (LMAs) to equip them with skills to manage livestock market facilities; provide market information services to producers and traders; provide security intelligence during market days and facilitate loading of animals onto lorries for transportation to terminal markets has improved their skills and knowledge, created employed for youth and improved household incomes because this male-dominated associations do not provide these services for free.