LEED with the financial support of PPAF

Funded by:

PPAF

Status:

Ongoing

Summary

The Southern Punjab, has high rate of poverty, most of the districts particularly along the western border are extremely poor and underserved by the public sector. The deadliest floods of 2010 further aggravated the situation in these districts. “Muzaffargarh” was one of the worst affected districts in Punjab in 2010 floods. Almost 1,000,000 people were affected and hundreds of villages destroyed due to the floods in rivers Chenab and Sindh, and breaches in the irrigation network e.g. Talhairy branch, and Muzaffargarh canal. According to the statistics published by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 323 villages, 2,500,000 animals and 400,260 acres of crops have been affected by flooding in Muzaffargarh.

The low-income and disadvantaged communities, residing in the rural areas of district Muzaffargarh, are open to increasing economic risks, besides facing the hard consequences of natural disasters and climate change. The said district has experienced natural disasters (floods) in the year 2010. Such event has caused severe damage to human life, settlement patterns, local environment and, above all, to the economic sustainability of the local communities. Floods have spoiled agricultural land, destroyed livestock, affected productive human health and destroyed human settlements. These unfortunate periodical incidents increase the vulnerability of poor and vulnerable communities, affecting their sources of income and undermining their sustainability practices. Further to this, these communities, time and again, adopt unsustainable income-generation activities which are characterized by inadequate planning, inaccessible markets, lack of organizational skills and poor coping strategies.

In this backdrop, MOJAZ designed this project in which livelihoods improvement is combined with a mechanism that sustains and increases livelihood opportunities for the communities living in the proposed area of District Muzaffargarh.

MOJAZ Foundation with the financial support of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation (PPAF) started a project on livelihoods enhancement and protection (LEP) in 2 union councils of Muzaffargarh(Gulwala and shareefchajra). The project seeks to enhance productivity of ultra poor through focused interventions aimed at developing skill sets and assets for greater income generating opportunities and better livelihoods.

The LEP project is committed to achieving the key objectives through:

  • Identification of Poor and Ultra poor identified by  Poverty Score Cards (PSC) Survey
  • Development of Livelihood Investment Plans(LIP) for Ultra & Vulnerable poor
  • Build capacity of selected 3720 poor by providing them enterprise & technical business/vocational skills
  • Transfer of Asset to Ultra& Vulnerable poor identified through PSC
  • Creating and developing Common Interest Groups (CIG) at  hamlet, village and UC level around various livelihood sources
  • Working towards formation  and strengthening linkagesof CIGs with organizations, line agencies and local community markets for promoting local business through collective bargaining in procurement of raw material and in sale of final goods.

 

Number of Families to be supported under the project:

  1. Asset Transfer:50,000 PKR to the 720 individual beneficiaries
  2. Trainings: of3720 participants
  3. CIG Formation:Total of 50 CIGs (40 at hamlet level, 8 at village level and 2 at UC level)
  4. Linkages development: 120linkages development (3 linkages/ CIG at hamlet level

 

Progress against objectives:

  1. PSC survey has been completed in 2 UCs and the data has been entered into MIS.
  2. Successful development of Livelihood Investment Plans (LIP) for Ultra poor; having the total no of 720 beneficiaries 
  3. Total number of 32 Common interest groups (CIGS) are successfully developed under the themes of:
    • Agriculture: 01 no of CIGS
    • Livestock: 13 no of CIGS
    • Business enterprises: 18 no if CIGS
  4. 3 Linkages are successfully developed of 40 CIGs at hamlet level with:
    • Multan chamber of commerce
    • Livestock department
    • Agriculture department
  5. Assets of (50,000 PKR per beneficiary) have been successfully transferred to 259 beneficiaries out of which 68 are women and 191 are men
  6. Furthermore, 55 trainings were conducted in total having 1540 participants

 

Progress chart

Activities Targets
Total Households 8021
CO formation 191
CO Revitalized 270
VO formation 30
UCDO Formation 3
CMSTs (LMSTs) Training on institution Development 1057 Pax
Staff trainings 24pax

Trainings

Number of males Number of females Total
Asset Transfer 191 68 259
Trainings 755 785 1540
CIGs 161 133 294

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