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What is RLP?

Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) is a pilot program that will provide 1200 poor households in Southern Laos with productive assets, cash transfers and technical support to enable them to escape from inter-generational poverty and establish more resilient livelihoods.

Pilot Program ApproachImplementation Details


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.


The RLP uses a three-strand targeting approach to identify the poorest families in poor villages.

This includes:

  • 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.

RLP identifies the poorest families in poor villages and provides them with carefully sequenced inputs:

  • 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
RLP participants will receive 12 months of support, at which point they should have:

  • 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

Implementation Details

Project location

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

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Government Partner

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW)

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.

Implementing Partners

RLP Implementation activities are delivered through three consortia of International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs), which each implementing partner working in one province.

Champasak Province

Led by CARE International and assisted by Handicap International (HI).

CARE International is an implementing partner for the RLPHandicap International supports RLP

Salavan Province

Led by World Education Laos (WEL) and assisted by Village Focus International (VFI).

World Education Laos is an implementing partner for the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor ProgramVillage Focus International (VFI) supports the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor Program

Savannakhet Province

Led by Health Poverty Action (HPA)

Health Poverty Action (HPA) is an implementing partner for the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor program

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