Through micro-credit lending and sustainability trainings, this project will enable 200 families to take themselves out of poverty. New farming practices will result in more income and higher yields.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Kalihati, Bangladesh more than 75% of the population depends on agriculture for survival. Most subsistence farming families only raise one crop and are heavily dependent upon genetically-engineered seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Many are entirely dependent upon monsoon season. This causes sources of food and income to be very sporadic and seasonal. This project will provide both income and food security year-round to 200 families (some of which survive on as little as $6 a month).
How will this project solve this problem?
They will be trained to raise fish and vegetables in rice paddy fields and organic farming methods (composting and green manure), and will provide health care for 25 pregnant women and 50 children.
Potential Long Term Impact
Over three years, 200 women in Kalahati will be provided with small loans for income generation activities, such as cow rearing, backyard poultry, and vegetable cultivation and vending.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,900
Funding Policy: partial
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,900 as of Jun 9, 2004. The original project funding goal was $7,221.