Area Assessment on Livelihood Opportunities in Barguna and Patuakhali


As part of the GTZ Coastal Area Rehabilitation Project (CARP), Mera Maan conducted an area assessment to explore livelihood opportunities in the cyclone-prone regions of Barguna and Patuakhali, Bangladesh. The assessment aimed to support the most vulnerable community members, particularly women who had been severely affected by disasters like cyclone Sidr. Through a detailed household survey, focus group discussions, and market surveys, the study delved into the socio-economic realities, resource availability, constraints, and potential business opportunities for the target communities.

Narrative of the Project Description:


The cyclone-prone regions of Barguna and Patuakhali faced persistent natural disasters that had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable community members, especially women. The study was designed to understand their struggles for survival, examine their resilience, and identify opportunities for sustainable economic growth in the region.


– Assess the socio-economic and geographical realities of the target communities in Barguna and Patuakhali.
– Identify potential livelihood opportunities, particularly for women, and explore their entrepreneurial potential.
– Evaluate the capacity of partner NGOs to deliver effective business development training and ongoing support.
– Propose strategic recommendations to enhance economic resilience and empowerment within the communities.

Project Impact:

The assessment revealed the formidable resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the target group despite the challenges they faced. The study identified potential small businesses that women could develop and recommended comprehensive training programs for partner NGOs to deliver micro-business development training. Additionally, it suggested competency enhancement training for individuals with prior business management experience, soft loans provision, and the establishment of a small business to supply raw materials for the new enterprises. Technical skills training in handloom weaving, food processing, tailoring, and handicrafts were also proposed. Furthermore, the study emphasized the importance of market linkage and recommended the establishment of a sales outlet for local crafts in tourist-frequented areas. By implementing these strategic interventions, the project aimed to make the communities more resilient and provide them with the means to withstand and recover from the impacts of recurring natural disasters.

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