WOMEN-OWNED CHEESE AND LABAN PRODUCTION
Taizz is reknown for its dairy products which include traditional cheese and Laban. This is mainly a subsistence occupation with an untapped potential to meet dietary and income needs for producers and customers. Although readily available from the supply side but also in high demand, the limited dairy production capacities together with minimal commercial skills have impeded the businesses potential of hundreds of women. Women, who already traditionally produce cheese and laban in their homes, need the necessary tools and equipment (e.g. milk containers, refrigerators, coolers, smoking platforms, etc.) to increase product quality and hygiene for accessing additional markets.
This project will establish cheese and laban home businesses for rural women providing (i) livestock (cows and goats); (ii) tools and material for production (e.g. milk containers, refrigerators, coolers, thermometers, additives, rennet, smoking platforms, cookers, etc.); (iii) packaging material and equipment; and (iv) technical trainings on product handling, hygiene, quality and safety. Women will be able to form cooperatives and revive the local economy of their communities. Also, with trainings offered in business literacy and market promotion, women producer associations will turn their traditional occupation in businesses,