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Project information

Women's learning and savings groups Bangladesh

Food for the Hungry have implemented over 900 learning and savings groups for oppressed women in Bangladesh. These groups are empowering over 13000 women in the areas of business skills, literacy, health and human rights. We are aim to raise funds to support 25 groups in 2016

April 2016 - April 2017

Charity information: Food for the Hungry UK

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  • Need


    Many parts of Bangladesh suffer from abject poverty and the abuse and oppression of women. This leads to high infant mortality rates, girls being married well before the legal age limit. Very poor resilience to natural disasters and disease and very low self esteem of women and girls in particular.


    Food for the Hungry have a well proven program of setting up and supporting learning and savings groups of about 17 women. These women elect their own chair person, secretary, accountant and other various roles. The Fh staff then walk with the group through training in such area as literacy, health and hygiene, legal rights and income generating projects and most importantly a savings scheme which they use to invest in their own ideas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Release the potential of women to overcome poverty in their families and communities


    » Learning to Lead: strong emphasis is given to develop local leadership by providing special training and support
    » Numeracy and literacy: offering basic literacy and numeracy skills
    » Safeguarding Family Health: Teaching women how to protect their families
    » Developing small businesses: by saving a small amount each week women are able to borrow money to start small businesses

    What success will look like

    Success will be when women from the groups are able to lift their families out of abject poverty and self esteem is restored.

  • Impact


    Men will have a much greater respect for their wives, infant mortality rates will improve, each family will have some income generating activity. Families will be more confident that they are prepared for natural disasters. There will be a much higher level of numeracy and literacy. Women's groups will form community based organisations to share the program with other villages without the support of Food for the Hungry


    A major natural disaster would delay the implementation of the project, though the program itself is also concerned with preparing people to cope with natural disasters. Our experience is that nearly all groups set up have progressed through to graduation, less than 1% have failed to date. It is possible that men form the community will try to undermine the initiative, though this is also part of the training.


    Six monthly report on the progress of groups and general updates via a monthly blog which covers the whole program.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 salaries staff salaries to carry out the training
      £2,000 travel travel costs for staff
      £2,000 materials training materials
      £1,000 overheads office and management
      £800 trainning of staff
  • Background


    South Coastal region of Bangladesh most recently hit by cyclone Sidor in 2007, mainly rural village locations


    475 women directly involved in the groups, 2375 of the family members of the women and indirectly 4750 of the community in which they live

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Food for the Hungry have operated in Bangladesh since independence in 1971 and are currently one of the major international NGO working in the south coastal area of the Country. Our track record on delivery of the aims and objectives of the learning and savings groups are also well recorded and monitored.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Project Manger Bangladesh

    This person will be responsible for planning and implementing the project to support 25 learning and savings groups in the coastal region

Introduction to Women of Action


Supports a learning and savings group for a year

Not long ago I thought that women were just supposed to keep home.... Now I see there is much more."