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Bindu Water Treatment Plant: Saving Lives Amid Crises

In general, Gaibandha residents draw water for drinking at a depth of 35 to 50 feet below ground level. This water is tainted with iron and arsenic, both are harmful to human health. Arsenic and iron contamination in Gaibandha's groundwater is relatively higher in the Gazaria and Kanchipara unions. Furthermore,...

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Climate Change Adaptation: Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods

Apart from ensuring financial stability, SWAPNO initiated several climate-adaptive livelihoods and interventions to make the rural women more climate-resilient. Some of the interventions are the following: Vermicompost production - Vermicompost is the product of the decomposition process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a mixture...

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Skills Development for Future Employability

SWAPNO focuses on improving women’s access to skills development opportunities as skills are possibly the least erosive ‘assets’ a poor person can own. SWAPNO’s mandatory savings component facilitates an accumulation of capital for asset purchase; but poor and marginalized women often do not have the skills necessary to successfully generate...

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Life Skills Training – Building Human Capital

SWAPNO provides Life skills training on seven topics to build human capital for ultra-poor women. The key goals of life skill training are to enable them to make decisions in their families, communities, and workplaces, as well as to actively engage them in securing their rights and entitlements from government...

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ROSCA – Inculcate the Savings Habit among Rural Women

One of the innovations of the SWAPNO project is to inculcate the saving habit among the beneficiaries through the introduction of the model of Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA). This might be attributed towards SWAPNO’s efforts to address the “self-control” problems of the very poor. In collaboration with the...

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Public Asset Maintenance – Entry Point for Income Generation

Employment in public works maintenance programmes is one of the key contributing factors for empowering women. SWAPNO’s graduation approach stands on this cash-for-work policy and other supportive interventions like forced savings, digital payment, training, etc., that facilitates employment creation of ultra-poor rural women through the development and maintenance of local...

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Fruits of Labour: SWAPNO through my eyes

The warm and welcoming 42-year-old Khaleda told me her story -- her parents also couldn’t escape poverty, and they struggled to provide for a family of eight. Growing up in such hardship meant she had to start working at a young age and never got the chance to go to...

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Responding COVID-19

This summary section focuses on SWAPNO’s crash program on COVID-19 pandemic to poor and extreme poor people. In the very  beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, SWAPNO took initiatives to raise awareness of the beneficiary households to maintain personal hygiene, provided awareness-raising messages to the beneficiaries through Union Workers, printed and distributed...

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Creating livelihoods for rural poor women: Role of private sector

SWAPNO (Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities) is a social transfer-based graduation model project targeting ultra-poor rural women who are widows, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband.  Major interventions of the project include: Fixed wage contract for 18 months under public works component; need-based life skills and...

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Empowering lives of 65000 extreme poor rural households

65000 extreme poor women are being employed for 18 months to maintain rural infrastructures of 1030 Union Parishads to promote rural socio-economic activities. SWAPNO supports extreme poor rural households to make them resilient against economic and natural shocks by improving their human capital, livelihoods and living conditions. Each extreme poor...

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