The people from the remote Diamer District in northern Pakistan have always been conservative, religious and suspicious of outsiders. A few years ago, there was only 9% literacy, women couldn't earn their own incomes and people were open to extremist ideas. Now all that has changed. Although it was initially violently resisted, a poverty alleviation project initiated by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has now changed people's attitudes, making them resist extremist ideologies.

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