Saving and Growing Together – Southern Bangladesh

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$15,500 $15,500
Project Code: BGD-FIA-SGT-P01


Bangladesh has a population of 165 million people. More than 50% of the people are living below the poverty line and those living in rural areas are particularly disadvantaged. The aim of this project is to create 72 Self Help Groups for saving money to generate capital and to invest in small business to earn additional income for livelihoods. These 1800 men and women will meet weekly as a saving & loans group and receive training in economic development, agriculture, food security, gender and justice issues.

What we like about it:

This project is helping poor and marginalised families sustainably overcome poverty. Our partners are committed to building trust and confidence, disability inclusion, trying new things and learning from others, creating stronger people to people links and ensuring transparency, accountability and good governance at all levels.

Budget: $15,500. The budget for this project will maintain 72 self-help groups (600 male and 1200 female participants) and increase the capacity of its members. This project is tax deductible and 100% gets there.

The Need:

Most of the people in the Bay of Bengal lack sanitation, nutrition and capital. As victims of climate change and disasters, food insecurity and limited livelihood options are major problems. They also have very limited knowledge of how to cope with the climate change situation. The root cause of their poverty is the lack of capacity and limited scope to participate in economic activities as well as lack of confidence in what they can do.

Life Change:

  • Long-term wellbeing and a model of change that is driven by transformation from within, especially in terms of gender balanced participatory leadership.
  • Self-help Group members engage in economic activities, improve food security, social awareness and skill development.
  • Members are educated on the issues of climate change impact, disaster risk reduction, alternative income sources and self-employment.

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