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Project information

Beveridge Economic Empowerment

The Sir William Beveridge Foundation believes in the principle of helping people to help themselves. To this end, we have established an interest-free micro-credit pilot project in Haimchar, Chandpur District that has been running since January 2010. We are now looking to expand this project.

May 2015 - December 2020

Charity information: Sir William Beveridge Foundation

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  • Need


    More than half the population in Bangladesh live below the poverty line with an economy that is unable to provide their basic needs. There are many among them who have skills and experience but are unemployed. The Beveridge Foundation aims to provide the means for such people to create a stable and fulfilling life that, if sustained, would mean they themselves could go on to help other poor people. The idea is to create opportunities for people who have the skills to work and are willing.


    The micro-credit project has been created for those people who have been adversely affected by climate change. By providing interest-free loans, the Founder and Directors of the Beveridge Foundation are showing that they are not interested in making a profit out of other peoples’ hardship but rather wish to provide the means to help them to lift themselves out of poverty. SWBF would is trying to help people build a sustainable living instead of having to live below thhe poverty line.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The micro-credit project is aimed at those people who have been adversely affected by climate change


    » The Beveridge Foundation aims to provide the means for people to create a stable and fulfilling life and create a better future for their families

    What success will look like

    Success will be will be measured on the ability for these groups of people to generate an income to llive a better life. SWBF is currently funding 30 families as a pilot project

  • Impact


    The project will give people as chance to increase household income without the burden of paying back interest and a loan. For those families who are able to work SWBF will assess the feasibility of businesses and ideas to see whether a sustaininable living can be achieved bring in higher households income. We can demonstrate the success by evaluting at least 25% increase in income for these gruop per calender month. Local staff can provide feedback on positive outcomes and provide feedback


    The risks are that we can run out of funding and therefore unable to continue withh the project. We have planned to set up a core fund which help to run operation whilst looking for donations and funding from other bodies. We are building partnerships with other charities who share the same ethos as SWBF who may provide funding or continue as joint venture. SWBF in the meantime will be looking to invest in land and property to bring in additional incomes for current and future pojects.


    Project funders will receive audited financial reports on a yearly basis outlineing the activities the foundation has been pursuing over the period. They will also be receiving regular emails on the project and outcomes. A foundation newsletter will be provided to them as a 3 monthly report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 Micro-fund Micro funding for various families and individuals
      £8,000 Salaries and Wages Small monthly contribution for the chair persons and local staff to evaluate per annum
      £1,000 Misc. Misc costs and funds

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Majlish Homecare Services UK £17,000 Conditional
  • Background


    SWBF have established the interest-free micro-credit project in Haimchar, Chandpur District. Chandpur District with an area of 1704.06 sq km, is bounded by munshiganj and comilla districts on the north, noakhali, lakshmipur and barisal districts on the south, Comilla district on the east, meghna river, shariatpur and Munshiganj districts on the west. River erosion is a common feature in this district.


    The town has a population of 94821; male 50.77%, female 49.23%. Literacy rate among the town people is 56.4%.This port was an important centre for jute and grain trades. Besides, many other trades on ship building, salt refinery, fishing net making and oil production are present in this port. However, some parts of the town have submerged into riverbed due to erosion and many people have lost there busineses and livlihood. SWBF will assist this group of people to re-stablish themselves

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Care, respect and dignity for vulnerable people lie at the heart of the Foundation’s work. It has many years experience in this area and in fighting poverty through its staff and Management Board members as well as through Majlish Homecare Services that has been operating in the London for over 10 years. The experience and knowledge gained in the UK through this work is being applied to other countries to help alleviate the distress and preserve the dignity of people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael O'Keefe (Chairman: Board Of Trustees)

    Being retired and experienced with top management with London Met Police, he oversees the admin. and finance jointly with the Executive director.

    Prof. Alan Lee Williams OBE (Ex-Chairman)

    Was Member of Parliament in the 1960s and 70s; Warden and Chief Executive at Toynbee Hall in the East End of London 1986-92, gives overall leadership.

    Rahman R Jilani ( Executive Director)

    Director at Majlish Homecare UK, providing culturally appropriate homecare in inner city areas of London. Looks after day-to-day mangt. of the project

    Maj Gen. Jiban K Das (Retd) Head Of Operations, Bangladesh

    Overall mgmt. and execution of all project(s) in Bangladesh, public relations, networking and implementation of directions received from Trustee board

Beveridge Economic Empowerment