Group Formation and Awareness Raising

From 1987, VOSD has been performing the following activities to organize groups of the targeted people and to unite them into life oriented groups to develop their livelihoods, capacity building and life improvement. The main goal of the organization is to organize the rural and urban poor people, motivate, educate, aware and organize them, because most of the targeted people have been suffering from civics inertia, who should be make socially conscious and active for their own family development through their professional skills development and involving small income generating activities and also raising own capital. So, the targeted people are identified and motivated for understanding the goal and objectives of the organization. When they become self-motivated and felt need of organizing, the staff organized them into small groups and inters group structure for their empowerment, socio-economic development and participation in policy decision making processes. These groups are the main wheels of all program implementations. These groups are formed considering the age, economic condition, literacy situation, caste, sex, etc. Each group includes 15 to 30 members and each group has one Chairperson, one Secretary and one Cashier, who are elected/ selected by the members to run and lead the group activities. So far, VOSD has organized 57,308 groups with 12,03,468 members. Among the groups, 37,188 are female groups with 7,80,948 members and 20,120 are male groups with 4,22,520 members. Every group member saves weekly Tk.5/- to Tk.10/- in his or her group account.