Women in Bangladesh have made some important gains in the formal labour market in the past twentyfive years mainly due to increased participation in the garment sector and an NGO-led microcredit revolution targeting women.

BUILDING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Women in Bangladesh have made some important gains in the formal labour market in the past twentyfive years mainly due to increased participation in the garment sector and an NGO-led microcredit revolution targeting women.

The Building Women Entrepreneurs and Livelihoods project in partnership with Human Appeal started in February 2015 and promotes a culture of ‘giving back’ to the community by enabling the entrepreneurs to deliver introductory textiles and crafts skills workshops with an additional 42 women from the slum. Through this, creating stronger friendships and building trust.

Global One also engages widows from the local slum community to participate in the Building Women Entrepreneurs and Livelihoods project in partnership with Orphans in Need.

As a second phase project ‘Building Women Entrepreneurs and Livelihoods’ has had the opportunity to see the tangible benefits the initiative provided its first group of 40 women, and to use those experiences to improve and be innovative in this new approach.

Our next target is to secure a shop front in the community through which women trained at the centre can trade directly, and to build on our capacity to train and support more women entrepreneurs.

AIM

To train, empower and incubate 10 aspiring entrepreneurs and their textile businesses from the Mirpur slums of Dhaka.

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve socio-economic condition of 52 families every year.

  • Train and develop 10 women entrepreneurs to become independent businesswomen working in the garment sector.

  • Conduct 936 health surgeries.

  • Produce 42 trained women/girls from vulnerable families every year.

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Women in Bangladesh have made some important gains in the formal labour market in the past twentyfive years mainly due to increased participation in the garment sector and an NGO-led microcredit revolution targeting women.

SUPPORTING THE ORPHANS OF RAJSHAHI

Rajshahi is a city located in the west of Bangladesh. Though considered by many as a major commercial and industrial centre, often being referred to as ‘Silk City’, Rajshahi is characterised by its high levels of inequality and is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the country.

Presently, more than one third of the population live below the poverty line, with children often being among the groups that suffer most disproportionately – particularly those coming from homes where, at least, one of the principal income earners have passed away. In such instances, these children do not attend schooling as their families are unable to forego what little income can be brought in by their children, or are simply unable to afford sending them to school.

Without an education, these children are denied the opportunity to not only develop the skills that are needed to break the cycle of poverty gripping their lives, but to also enjoy other important life experiences. No child should ever be subjected to the hardships that have befallen the orphans of Rajshahi, which is what has motivated Global One to manage a sponsorship programme in the city, funded by Orphans in Need.

It is a programme that has been at the heart of Global One’s operations in Bangladesh not least because it encapsulates so many of the integral aspects of our organisation’s approach to sustainable development projects: working with the community, using education as a primary tool, to achieve long term outcomes that benefits society as a whole.

 

AIM

To support orphan children in Rajshahi to enable them to attend school and obtain a valuable education. 

  • To ensure that each child attends school by sponsoring their tuition fees so that they may receive an education and improve their livelihoods over the long term.

  • To end hunger and promote improved nutrition for orphans and their families by distributing food parcels

  • To ensure that each child live healthy lives by providing regular medical check-ups and supplying medical supplies when needed 

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Women in Bangladesh have made some important gains in the formal labour market in the past twentyfive years mainly due to increased participation in the garment sector and an NGO-led microcredit revolution targeting women.

SOLAR HOUSE

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most impoverished nations, where the need for interventions are particularly pronounced among the country’s rural population of more than 103 million people. Communities in Bangladesh are at risk of falling behind as the world moves towards poverty eradication and the sustainable development goals. One area that is of particular concern is the severe underinvestment by public bodies in electricity infrastructure.
According to data compiled by the World Bank, it takes an average of almost 430 days to obtain a permanent electricity connection in the South Asian nation, with barely half of citizens enjoying access to electricity – a figure which plummets to just above 40% when rural areas are taken into account. Located in the west of Bangladesh, Rajshahi is no exception to the developmental issues plaguing the nation.
Global One are managing a multi-purpose solar-powered community centre to, not only alleviate the pressures of the demand for electricity in Rajshahi, but to also improve the livelihood opportunities of members of the local community. This community centre will act as a study space for children to use outside of school hours, as well as a training centre for local women on basic sewing skills so that they may stay close to their children and eventually integrate themselves with Rajshahi’s thriving silk and textile industry.
The opportunity for solar power in Bangladesh remains large as currently, just 1.58% of total electricity output was renewable.

 

AIM

The aim of this programme is to support the livelihood opportunities of the women and children of the local community member of Rajshahi and to help them overcome their limited access to electricity. 

  • To provide a sustainable source of power supply.

  • To improve the study habits of the children, improve their education and enhance their long-term livelihood opportunities.

  • To enhance the livelihoods potential of women of the local community.

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