Fourteen thousand poor households in Sunamganj district received infrastructure, credit and income generation support through a resource management activity of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in last two years, reports BSS.
The resource management activities include building of communication networks, operating micro- credit and developing agriculture sectors and these are in service in four upazilas of the district.
The LGED had taken the initiative under its 'Sunamganju Community Based Resource Management Project (SCBRMP),' which was funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations.
The ground work of the SCBRMP was laid in June 2003, and the project costing Tk 2.36 billion will end in June 2014 with the target to free 1,35,000 households from clutches of poverty.
The Director of the project Sheikh Mohsin told the news agency that the goal of the project is to improve the livelihood of the poor in Haor areas through increasing assets, establishing institutional community framework, generating employment by imparting training on different skills and capital formation by regular savings and micro credit.
So far, a total of 14,000 poor people from the area have been mobilised under 522 Credit Organisations (CO), formed of their own in last two years, he added. Thirty five poer cent of credit organisation members are male and 65 per cent female.
A total of 7000 organisation members have already received micro credit, to the tune of Tk 18 million from project credit line and own savings. The project set target to bring more than 0.1 million poor people under credit umbrella by 2014.
Over three thousand organisation members of human development sector so far received capacity training and skill development in which 1354 are male and 2266 female.