Fish drying © MFF Bangladesh
The objective of the project was creating Community based livelihood options for fisherman community through fish drying and its promotion to the market which will decrease the fishermen’s’ dependency on the Sundarbans:
- A sustainability mechanism for community based dry fish processing unit established
-Promoting gender equality in enterprise management
- Creating proper management to maintain the project function well
The project mainly focused on the fisherman community of Sundarban who are completely depended on the forest and all the situated rives along the forest for their livelihood. The community is so poor that they do not even have their own houses and live in land given by the government. Most of the time, they earn their livings with the fear of tigers and robbers in the forest, crocodile and shark in the rivers and all the natural disasters. In 2007, Sidar and in 2009, Aila have changed their life drastically which cannot be even recovered within 100 years. Due to the Climate change, salinity has also been increased in the area and in river which is another major reason of less availability of fishes in the river. The amount of food the fishermen use weekly to catch fish is often more costlier than the amount of fish they fetch. The situation leads them to look for alternate way of living based on the forest resources which increase threat to the forest ecosystem. Also, as the sea level is rising, there is a chance that the tidal surge will submerge the villages of the fishermen in future. Hence, their lives and livelihoods are always in threat of destruction. For this reason creating sustainable alternate livelihood is very essential for the community of fishermen and for protecting the forest from the destruction.
Thus, the project planned to collect different type of fishes, and make organic dry fishes by following proper procedure. The dry fishes will be packaged and sold to the local market as there is a good market of dry fish.
Beneficiaries direct- 10,
Beneficiaries indirect- 250.
Beneficiaries households (Direct & Indirect)- 70-75
All the project members are only female which address the gender inequality in the society.
Also, the project helps to build alternate livelihood sources
Mathurapur village, Munshiganj union, Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh
24th May 2016 to 24th May 2017
Sudiptee Shomaj Unnayan Shangstha (SSUS)
(In-kind): USD 1,795 or BDT 140,000
Mr. Samir Ranjan Gayen;
Executive Director, Sudipti Somaj Unnayan Sangstha (SSUS)
Mathurapur village, Munshigong Union under Shamnagar Upazilla of Satkhira District, Bangladesh