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Financial Graduation for the Ultra Poor Project

Display Date: 6/5/12

Targeting Ultra Poor Project (TUP): TUP is a poverty reduction project under RMLSP funded by IFAD and implemented by BRAC. The project has various components as follow:

 inputs for TUP participants:  which includes transfer of productive assets, subsistence support, flexible savings and development of social support network

  1. Enterprise development Training: a two –year package of training inputs for the TUP participants, which includes specialist classroom-based enterprise development training, weekly home visits, involving hands –on training and monthly, quarterly, and six monthly refresher courses
  2. Social development activities: this include raising awareness about human rights, gender equity and social issues among the ultra-poor and the wider community, creating a local volunteer support group, providing protection and material and moral support to these households and capacity building and advocacy among officials, elected representatives, influential local elites and members of civil society to mobilize support for the poorest;
  3. Essential Health care: working through its innovative network of community-based health workers focusing on preventing the occurrence of financially-devastating health crises and ensuring basic health care services.  

 The project had the following outcome after its two years completion

  • 28% TUP beneficiaries have overcome extreme poverty within a year.
  • 77% of the beneficiaries have been linked to public hospitals and VFUs.
  • 87% of the beneficiaries said changes have come in the attitude and behavior of the communities where they live.
  • 92% of the beneficiaries increased access to  food after involvement in the project.
  • 65% of the beneficiaries have improved housing conditions.
  • 100% beneficiaries vaccinated 0-1 years of their children.
  • 154 children of the TUP beneficiaries have been enrolled in formal schooling.
  • 38% of the beneficiaries now use sanitize stab latrine.
  • 38% of the beneficiaries (married couple) used improved contraceptive.
  • 35% of the beneficiaries received information about ARI ( Acute Respiratory Infection)
  • 47% know the signs of the TB and know how to protect other family members.

 From the above stated indicators one can say that the project has almost achieved its objective. Again in term of cost, yes it is a bit costly project, but the beauty is that most of the money goes to beneficiaries; it has very low operational costs.

Our target is that at the end of the project around 65% of the targeted beneficiaries will be graduated. Do you based on your expereince from a similar project is achievable? We will appreciate your feedback.

Best,

Zahed

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