Livelihood and Enterprise Development

Introduction

Marginalised/Dalit communities constitute the majority of Dhungentar’s residents, and their economic insecurity is highlighted by dependence on subsistence agriculture and traditional, low-earning occupations. The income-earning population is largely composed of men, and a sizeable segment of the community has migrated abroad (mostly to the Middle East) for employment. 

Given Dhungentar’s socioeconomic vulnerabilities, this pilot demonstration project focused its rehabilitation activities on improving livelihoods and laying the foundation for the establishment of local enterprises capable of uplifting the entire settlement. Particular emphasis was placed on organising training programmes on income-generating skills, mobilising the untapped women workforce, and building sustainable local enterprises that offer employment. This can help reverse the current migration trend, drawing Dhungentar locals back from Qatar to Battar. 


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