The Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) is a holistic approach to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in Lao PDR. It has been successfully established in a number of other Asian countries.
- Community knowledge (through the use of participatory methods)
- Objective information (through administering a household survey)
- Staff perceptions (through household verification visits)
By using multiple methods, we can be certain that the right families are selected to participate in the RLP.
- Productive assets – such as goats, pigs, poultry, mushroom growing, or home garden
- Regular stipend – to help them manage enterprise expenses such as vaccinations, feed, shelter
- Financial inclusion – access to bank accounts with the Agricultural Promotion Bank (APB) and financial literacy training
- Intensive one-on-one coaching and skills training – trained facilitators make household visits twice a month to support RLP members
- A viable well-developed enterprise
- An active bank account, with a savings reserve
- The skills and confidence to expand their enterprise
- A ‘plan’ for the future
The RLP will target 400 families in the following three locations across Southern Laos:
- Champasak Province: Soukhouma and Mounlapamok districts
- Salavan Province: Lao Ngam district
- Savannakhet Province: Xepon districts
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) is the Government of Lao PDR national partner for SPSL. Government stakeholders at the Provincial Labour and Social Welfare (PLSW) and District Labour and Social Welfare (DLSW) offices will work with the international NGO partners to support the implementation of RLP across the program locations.
RLP Implementation activities are delivered through three consortia of International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs), which each implementing partner working in one province.
Led by CARE International and assisted by Handicap International (HI).
Led by World Education Laos (WEL) and assisted by Village Focus International (VFI).
Led by Health Poverty Action (HPA)