Empower a Woman – Empower a Community – Northern Bangladesh – Year 2

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$20,000 $20,000
Project Code: BGD-SYM-EWC-P02


Bangladesh has a population of 163 million people. Almost 25% of the people are living below the national poverty line and those living in rural areas are particularly disadvantaged. The area is highly prone to frequent flooding often damaging crops, houses and infrastructure and spreading disease. The aim of this project is to transform and equip rural communities by improving literacy through functional education, self-help group formation, economic empowerment and encouraging behavioural change.

Why support this:

This project is helping poor and marginalised families sustainably overcome poverty. The work will focus particularly on women who are functionally landless and illiterate as well as their families and children. This will be primarily through self-help groups which will provide the structure for a range of development activities such as literacy and basic arithmetic, saving schemes for income generation and learning about important social and environmental issues. Families will also benefit from 30 children being integrated into mainstream education through pre-school support. Our partner’s model has a proven track record and has been key to lifting many out of exploitation and dependency.

Budget: $20,000 per year for a 3-year project.

The budget for this project will establish another 10 new self-help groups and increase the capacity of its members as well as pre-school education for 30 children.

The Need:

This project is situated in a geographically isolated area prone to flooding, which regularly damages houses, crops and infrastructure, as well as increased spread of harmful diseases such as cholera and diarrhea. Limited access to healthcare, poor literacy, little (if any) education and minimal and unstable incomes result in poor development outcomes for these target communities.

Life Change:

  • Long-term wellbeing and a model of change that is driven by transformation from within.
  • Communities learn to work and save together to fund loan schemes to increase incomes through income generating activities.
  • 30 children will be integrated into mainstream education having completed preschool learning through the project.

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