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Recovery and Advancement of Informal Sector Employment (RAISE)

RDRS Bangladesh is implementing the Recovery and Advancement of Informal Sector Employment (RAISE) project in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts. The project is being implemented with the support of Palli-Karma Sahayok Foundation (PKSF) and the World Bank. The target communities of the project are COVID-19 affected micro entrepreneurs and low-income youth Entrepreneurs. The project is directly working with 1590 programme participants. The RAISE project is designed in line with SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

The goal of the project is to provide services that can enhance earning opportunities for low-income youth in Urban and Peri-Urban areas of Bangladesh. The objectives are:

  1. to provide financing to entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19 on easy terms through PKSF's affiliates to re-establish their business ventures;
  2. to assist access to finance for youth entrepreneurs through Business development; and
  3. Apprenticeship program (Skill training & Employment of informal sectors).

The major activities are being accomplished under the project are enrollment in apprenticeship training programme; community outreach programme; and master craftsperson orientation.