Projects primarily support for promoting sustainable livelihoods, creating scope for alternative livelihood options, increased income, job creation, access to financial capital, etc. are grouped under this theme. Other projects have livelihood focus, viz. GCA has livelihood focus, and micro-credit activity supported livelihoods falls under this theme.
Key Highlights of Livelihood and Job Creation
- 2,340 people received IGA/input support.
- 11,431 people received unconditional grant support (Tk. 1000-4500/per person).
- 13,420 people has received Cash for Work support.
- 9,309 beneficiaries received a start-up investment grant worth 8,000 BDT.
- 3,759 people received production kits.
- 3,759 people received self-reliance support.
- 9,693 people received skills training on different IGAs.
- 9,295 BHHs received orientation on Business Planning Skills.
- 200 people received training on value chain.
- 42 people received input support and training on ecotourism.
- Under CNRS microcredit program, 12,510 group members received Rural Micro Credit (RMC) loan, 109 people received Micro Enterprise (ME) loan – all of the recipients were women.
- CNRS established three vegetable collection centers in three strategic locations in the Teknaf upazila of the Cox’s Bazar district.
Livelihood activities of CNRS cross cut with its other projects. Under the Suchana project, 9,309 beneficiaries have received a start-up investment grant equivalent to 8,000 BDT (US$ 102) along with relevant technical training, business development skills training, and market linkage support. Orient 9,295 BHHs on Business Planning Skill with a view to link the IGA BHHs with local markets in the presence of input and output marker actors. A total of 44,942 BHHs were mobilized in 2402 VSLAs who accumulated savings amounting to BDT 61,43,823 in this reporting year which is almost double that of the annual target.
Under the UNHCR project, different types of livelihood support were provided to the project participants of refugee camps and host communities of Cox’s Bazar. Among the project participants, 2,018 people received input support and 3,759 people received production kits or inputs for agriculture/livestock/fisheries activities. A total of 3,759 people received continued self-reliance support within the camps. CNRS established three vegetable collection centers in three strategic locations in the Teknaf upazila of the district of Cox’s Bazar.
The PROKRITI project of CNRS worked for job creation focusing on ecotourism in Tanguar Haor. The project facilitated the training of local tourist boat drivers and tour guides. It also conducted an orientation session to ensure smooth operation of tent management instruments, and subsequently handed over 2 sets of tents to community people.
Beneficiaries of CNRS Livelihoods Opportunities for Host Communities through Environmental Rehabilitation project received an intensive five-day training on AIGA and “Sea Safety”, the beneficiaries also supported with some inputs by the FAO.
The CEIP-1 project of CNRS conducted a training session on value chain, producer group/cooperative, market linkage, and the supply and demand system for 8 batches with total participants amounting to 200 from the Dacop upazila of the Khulna district.
CNRS microcredit activities are leading to self-employment of poor rural women and helping them transform their socioeconomic status positively. During the reporting period, a total of BDT 350 million was distributed among 12,510 group members as Rural Micro Credit (RMC) loan while BDT 15 million was distributed among 109 persons as Micro Enterprise (ME) loan – all of the recipients were women.
In 2018, the Suchana Project started its activities in the Islampur union (Phase 2). Ms. Alima was a 15-year-old adolescent girl who was involved with Suchana. In the IGA assessment, she expressed interest in traditional handloom because they have a handloom machine, but due to a financial crisis, they were unable to start production. Eventually, with the support of the Suchana project, they started production. Nowadays, she can produce 8-12 sharis every month. The approximate market price of each single shari is BDT 1,200-1,500, depending on design and color. Recently, Suchana’s consortium partner, iDE, opened a training center to improve the design quality of Monipuri handicraft,