PKSF has been playing a major role over the past 20 years since its inception in expanding microfinance. The expansion work on microfinance by PKSF has been done both in the vertical and horizontal manner via a number of diversified programs and interventions. In spite of all these, the impact of micro credit on overall poverty level is being questioned more and more in recent times. In addition to that, the efficacy of micro credit as a tool of poverty alleviation has been of questionable significance both nationally and internationally. In view of the growing criticisms with regard to the efficacy of micro credit, the PKSF Governing Body in its meeting dated 28 February, 2010 agreed on piloting a special program named “‘ENRICH” at the grassroots level focused on total household development. The program aims to provide integrated support to each poor family to ensure the best possible utilization of their existing resources along with their capacities and also to enhance their recourses as appropriate. Credit is just one of the many components of ‘Enrich’ program unlike other PKSF led programs.
Enhancing Resources and Increasing Capacities of Poor Households towards Elimination of their poverty (ENRICH) program looks forward to ending poverty by working with the poor household in the selected union in association with the local government and other stakeholders to help households lift themselves out of poverty. The overall goal of the program is to reduce poverty on a sustainable basis towards its total elimination at the household and eventually throughout Bangladesh.
Started from: July, 2014
Current Status: On going
Coverage: Sahapur Union, Ishwardi, Pabna.
Number of Villages: 14
Number of Households: 11635
Number of Population: 49465
The objectives of the ENRICH program have been set in view of a holistic approach towards every household. They are as follows:
*To empower the households under the program area to work effectively so that they can reduce their poverty on a sustainable basis towards its ultimate elimination gradually.
*To enable them so that they can enjoy an improved health and nutritional status in the process.
*To help and create a mechanism for them to partner with relevant institutions and larger communities for effective preparedness for responding to natural disasters.
The Activities of Enrich programs are given below:
* Issuing Health Cards
* Arranging Satellite Clinic
* Arranging Static Clinic
* Arranging General Health Camp
* Arranging Eye-Camp
* Arranging seminar of health awareness
* Directing Education Center
* Beggar rehabilitation
* Developing Enrich Houses
* Ensuring the facilities of Agriculture and Income Generating related Activities
* Sanitary Latrine Distribution
* Re-building /Repairing Mosques, Temple and Clubs.
Achievement till now
|Serial No||Description of Activity||Unit/Number||Achievement in May’17||Achievement (2016-2017)||Total (Cumulative)|
|01||Sale of Health Cards||03||105||3796||5523|
|03||No. of Patients Treated in Static Clinics||03||497||5416||8820|
|05||No. of Patients Treated in Satellite Clinics||03||288||3996||8512|
|06||General Health Camps||03||01||04||11|
|07||No. of Patients Treated in General Health Camp||03||125||626||1574|
|08||Special Eye Camp||01||01||01||03|
|09||No. of Patients Treated in Special Eye Camp||01||153||153||702|
|10||Health Awareness Raising Meetings||03||92||1003||4462|
|11||No. of patients tested for diabetes.||03||15||730||2073|
|12||No. of villages having the Enrich School||22||–||–||22|
|13||No. of schools in operation||22||–||–||22|
|14||Number of Students||22||–||658||658|
|15||Students’ Average presence per month||100 %||93%||–||–|
|16||No. of Meetings attended by Guardians.||22||22||–||–|