Concern’s work with street dwellers in Bangladesh

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Concern’s work with street dwellers in Bangladesh

11 March 2016

The InvEST project in Dhaka, Bangladesh aimed to empower street-dwellers by creating opportunities for them to access regular source of income and increase their skills.

It is estimated that there are between 20,000 and 25,000 street-dwellers in Dhaka city. They often have a low level of knowledge and few technical skills, meaning it is difficult to secure a regular and steady income and they are open to exploitation.

The three-year InvEST project, funded by the Shiree project of DFID/UKaid, ran between January 2011 and December 2014. It was implemented by Concern Worldwide in partnership with Nari Maitree and supported 700 street-dweller households in all zones of Dhaka city. The project established a brand of mobile kitchens and trained the participants to independently run the business so they could increase their income and develop skills.

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Participant in the InvEST project in Dhaka, Bangadesh. Taken from the brochure ‘InvEST: investment for economic empowerment of street-dwellers’. Photograph taken by Drik Shehab/Concern Worldwide.

Concern’s work with street dwellers in Bangladesh

This brochure provides an outline of the InvESt project in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Implemented by Concern and Nari Maitree, it focused on empowering street-dwellers by enabling them to increase their income and develop skills.