$20,000 needed of $50,000
This is the second phase of the Bangladesh Kendua program and it builds upon the learning from the first phase and expands to one additional community. Local partner SATHI starts with primary self-help groups of men and women meeting separately. These groups are each represented at the “Union Committee” level and the various union committees come together to form a “People’s Institution”. The People’s Institution and Union Committee both have Agriculture sub-teams and the program is designed to equip those teams to improve community food security.
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected community life in Kendua despite the success of the first phase. In a recent survey, 92% of respondents reported that their livelihood has been in critical condition due to COVID-19. 53% said they did not have enough food. 78% of respondents had reduced income and 22% had no income. Extreme poverty in the country has increased from 24% to 48%.
The program is working to assist and equip the communities to regain their strength and ability to cope with the crisis while reducing the gaps created because of COVID-19. Farmers groups focused on fish, vegetables and poultry are being established in each union to make a variety of food locally available, even in challenging times.
Program Update: Khadija's Story
Working Her Way Out of Poverty
Hasina’s constant search for ways to earn a steady income has finally met with success, now that she has joined the program run by local partner SATHI.
She took out a small loan from her Self-Help Group (SHG) to start a poultry business, but opted to raise poultry in the traditional way. After struggling with poor results, she requested and received training on poultry management, vaccination, and marketing.
Armed with these new skills, she borrowed $115 to build a chicken coop and start her new business in earnest. At the same time, she began to cultivate vegetables in the unused fields around her house, using the organic composting and Integrated Pest Management techniques suggested by SATHI.
Hasina is thrilled with the results. “Now I have about 1,500 chickens on my own farm. My husband is no longer working as a day laborer but helps me manage the farm. We get a good profit out of it. Now that we are growing so many different types of vegetables, we’re able to meet the nutritional demands of our family, and whatever we don’t need we can sell in the market. We are grateful to SATHI and their supporters for helping poor people like us find a way out of poverty.”
Bangladesh Kendua Program
Led by World Renew and Local Partner SATHI