Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) is a gender based social security project targeting ultra-poor rural women who are widowed, divorced, abandoned, or left with a disabled husband. The project aims to uplift these women out of extreme poverty through productive and sustainable livelihoods. Under the auspices of National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) of Bangladesh government, SWAPNO is implemented jointly by Local Government Division and UNDP since 2015. SWAPNO’s intervention follows a ‘state of the art’ graduation model that encompasses livelihood promotion, financial inclusion, social protection, and social empowerment. The women are employed for a specific tenure under public works. Simultaneously, training is provided to improve self-confidence, leadership, financial literacy, basic numeracy, savings, and spending. This process is followed by livelihood training based on their interests and local market opportunities to begin micro-enterprises or find formal employment. After completing their employment tenure, they can access funds to invest in their enterprises.
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Climate Adaptive Public Works
Swapno's Public Asset Maintenance Programme Has Successfully Maintained 14,000+ Critical Public Assets Which Have Benefitted The Local Communities Of 223 Unions Of 5 Districts.
Swapno’s Group Savings Mechanism Rosca Has Facilitated Beneficiaries Form 600+ Roscas Through Which They Have Generated Around Usd 1.8 Million.
Life Skills Training
Swapno Has Provided Life Skills Training To 12000+ Ultra-poor Rural Women To Enhance Their Confidence, Courage, And Communication Skills.
Livelihood Skills Development
Swapno’s ‘future Employability’ Notion Has Facilitated 12,000+ Beneficiaries To Become Skilled In Both Formal And Informal Livelihood Opportunities
Impacts and Results
Community Assets Maintained
SWAPNO has facilitated in maintaining 14,567 critical community/public assets like Herringboned & earthen road maintenance, field raising, tree plantation, canal repair/excavation, which facilitated the rural communities getting access to improved economic infrastructure.
Beneficiaries secured jobs in RMG and Leather sectors
SWAPNO’s strong partnership with export-oriented green factories such as Ecofab Ltd, Green Smart Shirt Ltd and skills providing organizations like COEL, helped to ensure job placement of 588 beneficiaries in the RMG and Leather factories.
For promoting responsible saving and spending behavior, the project formed 669 Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs), each comprises 12 beneficiaries.
Support packages distributed during COVID-19
To curb the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic, the project reached out to the beneficiaries and rural communities by providing 2,05,844 hygiene kits and food packages.
Best CSR Award
For Financial Inclusion model
Marico Bangladesh Ltd won the Best CSR Award 2022 for SWAPNO’s Financial Inclusion model.
Beneficiaries under Micro-health insurance coverage
In partnership with Green Delta Insurance and Micro Fintech, SWAPNO piloted micro-health insurance in Jamalpur and 1620 beneficiaries are currently under this insurance coverage.
BDT 108 crore
Disbursed as wage payment
For maintaining the rural public assets, beneficiaries received BDT 108 crore as wages through their mobile wallets.
Correct beneficiary targeting
Because of the active involvement of Union Parishad and other relevant stakeholders, the project achieved 96%