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Rows of eye-covering bashok trees are now on both sides of the paved road in Dasiyarchhara; the extinct enclave is now a changed town. 17 SWAPNO beneficiaries who have been abandoned, widowed, and divorced are getting additional income by selling the medicinal leaves of these beautiful and environmentally friendly trees....

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Coronavirus failed to weaken the SWAPNO project's beneficiaries. They are moving forward by successfully dealing with the situation. Recognized as one of the best social safety net project in Bangladesh, it is planned to be expanded into 22 districts of the country. Read the full news which has been published...

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Kajali Rani of Haribhanga village in Rajarhat upazila of Kurigram district could not bear the torture of her father-in-law's house and moved to her father's house with her two-year-old child. She was lost in the thoughts of his own and his child's future. Similarly, Mosammat Chappa Begum of Tilai Union...

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Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation Per Olsson-Fridh has expressed satisfaction at the use of his country's climate change adaptation support in Bangladesh. He visits SWAPNO along with GCF & LoGIC; 2 other projects of UNDP. "Empowering one woman is empowering a family and a society. I am happy that...

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A total of 1332 women belonging to ultra-poor families at 37 unions of Lalmonirhat's four upazilas now eye changing their life through small savings, thanks to the initiative of Strengthening Women's Ability for the Productive New Opportunity (SWAPNO) project of UNDP. Under the project, 1332 women formed a group titled...

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Resilient women have simultaneously been responding to Covid-19, the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan as well as monsoon floods. A joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP, Sweden, BSRM, Marico and Bank Asia, SWAPNO has been empowering women to move out of poverty by combining social security transfers, skills training...

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Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) project by UNDP in collaboration with Centre of Excellence for Leather Skill Bangladesh Limited (COEL) is currently implementing a Pre-Job Orientation Program for the project beneficiaries in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Jamalpur district. The objective of the training was to brief the...

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At least twenty women from Kurigram's Sadar, Ulipur, Chilmari and Rajarhat upazilas have been using hydroponics method to grow grass for the last month. Many farmers are also crowding around to see this way of growing grass without soil or land.  This is being piloted currently and 20 trained female farmers are...

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Poor and expectant pregnant women now receive their allowances under the social safety net programme through mobile phone. This has cut down on the hassles they had to face before. However, there are still certain challenges in receiving this digital payment. While the allowance is very small, there are certain...

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COVID-19 has put Bangladesh into an unforeseen challenging situation that led the Government of Bangladesh to ask for shutdown of all economic activities except for emergency services and urge people to restrict mobility and stay at home.  People who earn daily wages have been hit particularly hard by this pandemic....

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