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Economic Strengthening for the Very Poor (ES4VP)

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With effective protection strategies in place, households are able to consider employing their assets in higher return (but riskier) opportunities to further increase or promote their income. Initially, they may still be quite risk averse and engage in activities that only marginally increase income. One effective way to do this is to diversify income streams so that income is smoothed. Households may then look to continue to increase income through further riskier activities.

Extended advisory services are important to ensure that businesses can continue to grow and cope with market changes and shocks. Often these services are provided by specialized for-profit providers as this ensures that the services are relevant and the training is appropriate quality.