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Targeting the Poorest in Microfinance: Poverty Outreach of BDP Ultra Poor Programme
by Proloy Barua, Munshi Sulaiman in 2006
Community of Practice: Financial Services
Over a quarter of Bangladesh’s people live in extreme poverty, not being able to meet even the barest of the basic needs. They spend most of their meagre, unreliable earnings on food and yet fail to fulfil the minimum calorie intake needed to stave off malnutrition. They are consequently in frequent poor health causing further drain on their meagre resources due to loss of income and health expenses. More often than not, the extreme poor are invisible even in their own communities, living on other peoples’ land, having no one to speak up for them or assist them in ensuring their rights. Extreme poverty also has a clear gendered face – they are mostly women who are dispossessed widows, and abandoned.