Train Women Entrepreneurs From Slums in Bangladesh

by Center for Development Services (CDS)


25 women living in the urban slums of Chittagong will be provided with extensive business training and a loan of $200 to set up their own small businesses, such as grocery shops and roadside hotels.

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25 women selected for this project will be given an unprecedented opportunity to launch a business that could propel them and their families out of poverty. Many of these women moved to Chittagong from the rural areas with high hopes of achieving financial independence by securing factory jobs. They instead found the realities of urban living to be harsh and unsustainable.


The 25 women will receive training in entrepreneurship, marketing, and business plan development and then provided with a $200 loan to start their own small business in the heart of Chittagong City.

Long-Term Impact

Increases the capacity of women to start their own business and, in the process, increases their income and provides employment in the community. The project will help women scale-up their income generation activities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

Center for Development Services (CDS)

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh - Bangladesh
Website: http:/​/​​partner.php?partner_id=8
Center for Development Services (CDS)
Balu Iyer
Project Leader:
Balu Iyer
IDEX Asia Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 10 donors like you, a total of $1,453 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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