Community Empowerment Project (CEP) - Mymensingh (Phase-II)
Location: Gouripur, Mymensingh
Donor: SMC and ADRA Sweden
Direct Beneficiaries: 2,500
Indirect Beneficiaries: 10,000
Total Beneficiaries: 12,500
Project Duration: 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2026
Total Budget: BDT. 1,20,91,802.53 (for the year 2023)
NGO Bureau Approval Date: 25/09/2022
NGO Bureau Approval Reference No. : 03.07.0000.657.68.07.22-725
The Bangladeshi communities overcome poverty through improved socio-economic, healthy, and resilient living conditions by the end of the project intervention (2023).
Self-help Groups formation
Samiti formation and registration
Capital Raising through savings collection
Develop awareness of health, literacy, and rights
Enhance capacity on need-based IGA
Transfer agriculture technologies
Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
Encourage organic farming
Develop a linkage with the government
Women and child nutrition
Nutrition celebration for community awareness
Issues-based community awareness event
Training on group management capacity building,
Follow up for the Phase-out area etc.
In Mymensingh, the Community Empowerment Project (CEP) works to improve the living standards of underprivileged communities. The project supported 2,500 women to establish 10 community-based organizations (CBOs) so that they can work together to build various capacities and increase family income. The project helped them to start saving and credit activities among themselves, to empower them with different advocacy training and campaign, to equip them with skills by providing training in a variety of income-generating activities (IGAs) (such as tailoring, handicrafts, cattle rearing, poultry, etc.) in the area. Furthermore, their male counterparts are trained in agricultural technologies.
Of the 2,500 targeted women beneficiaries, 2,028 are now participating in IGA activities. As part of this initiative, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) approach was introduced to the targeted community members. As a result, 518 of the target population are now producing rice in their fields using the SRI method with 25% ~ 30% higher productivity than those obtained using other technologies. The introduction of organic fertilizer (vermicompost), which is now in high demand in the region, helped them to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and generate income. With the project support, the CBOs are approaching formal registration from the government's cooperative department and to be independent.
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