MTB Foundation recently signed an agreement with Shushilan for the project titled ‘Recover Livelihood Status of Vulnerable Fishing Communities through Income Generating Activities (IGAs) Support’. Under the agreement, MTB Foundation and Shushilan will jointly create access to skill development opportunities through different types of Income Generation Activities (IGAs) like livestock rearing, small business, homestead gardening, etc. for 200 Households (HHs) of the vulnerable fishing community in Kuakata Union, Kolapara Upazila, Patuakhali District, Barishal Division.
The objective of the partnership is to support the Government’s initiative to increase fish production through uninterrupted breeding by separate fishing bans twice a year in the interest of the national economy. At the same time, ensure that the fishing community has an alternative source of income which will be driven by the women of the households; thus, contributing to women empowerment. MTB Foundation, through this project, intends to help attain Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water).
The agreement was signed by Mostafa Bakuluzzaman, Deputy Director, Shushilan and Samia Chowdhury, Chief Executive Officer, MTB Foundation in the presence of Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director & CEO, Rais Uddin Ahmad, Deputy Managing Director & CAMLCO and Mohammad Nazmul Hossain, Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) of MTB at a simple ceremony held at the bank’s Corporate Head Office, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212. Among others, Abdul Wadud, Adviser, Satchidananda Biswas Satu, Deputy Director from Shushilan and Neherin Maqsood, Associate Manager, MTB Foundation were also present during the event.