Creating alternative livelihoods for poor and marginalised women in Kurigram district

This project will help 500 poor and marginalised women in 5 villages in Chilmari, Kurigram, develop alternative livelihoods so that they can feed their families throughout the year and improve their social status in the longer term

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It ran from 10:11 AM, 8 December 2011 to 10:11 AM, 8 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (274467)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Each year, thousands of people living in Chilmari are forced to abandon their homes when floods hit. The whole area is vulnerable to river erosion and is one of the poorest areas in Kurigram district. Due to the seasonality of their livelihood, poor people face recurrent food crises. During these periods, the poorest families, especially women and children, suffer severe malnutrition. Men have to migrate in search of work, so women are left alone to fend for themselves, often becoming victims of violence, trafficking, and oppression. They are deprived of their rights and have low social status with little power to make decisions. The goals of this project are: •To develop alternative income-generating activities for women •To enable women to assert their rights in decision making within families and communities •To improve communities’ ability to cope with and respond to natural disaster These goals will be achieved through the following activities: •Organise 500 poor women into 20 groups to establish income generating; •Provide the participants with the skills and technical knowledge to manage income generate; •Provide participants with livestock assets – cows, goats and vegetable seeds; •Enable the women to take ownership of the provided assets; •Sensitise the whole community around gender issues, including women’s rights; •Strengthen the local governance system through the active participation of women; •Develop leadership and decision making skills so that the women can assert their rights; •Help Women’s Groups establish links with local & national women’s networks; •Work with the local administration and local authority to advocate for improved government service; •Develop skills and knowledge within local communities to improve their ability to cope with and respond to natural disasters; •Enable 500 women to play an active role during disasters using disaster preparedness awareness training provided to them. This project will cost £50,000 over 18 months.