A livelihood project in 8 villages in Sampoi Niet, Aceh Jaya, implemented by Premiere Urgence in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO) has been completed with very positive results: Premiere Urgence has generated the creation of 210 new businesses in this region.
The project was a combination of two programs: the Professional Kit program and the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) program. The Professional Kit program aims at reviving the economic condition of tsunami-affected populations by helping them create micro enterprises, run income-generating activities and recover their self-sufficiency. Whereas the SIYB program is a business management-training program for micro and small entrepreneurs who want to start or improve their business.
The Professional Kit program aims at reviving the economy of the targeted area by helping tsunami-affected populations to create a small business and recover their self-sufficiency. “Our goal is to restore hope and dignity not only for the beneficiary alone but for the whole community”, said Ahmed Fadel, Premiere Urgence country director. Ten percent of the Professionnal Kit value is reinvested into community projects such as road or bridge rehabilitation, or support to PKK (women’s association). “What our beneficiaries have already achieved is a huge step towards sustainable development and independence from foreign aid”, Ahmed Fadel added.
28% of the 210 new business holders have now recruited at least one employee and 65% have invested either to develop their activity or to improve their family living conditions. Most of Premiere Urgence’s beneficiaries have increased their revenues from less than 250.000Rp (19 Euros) to 1.400.000 Rp. (107 Euros) Premiere Urgence's objective is to impulse such an economic dynamism that it can benefit to the whole area and progressively lead to growth. “This is exactly the positive impact and longer-term effect we want to contribute to through our business training” said Sergei MUZYKA, ILO Entrepreneurship Culture and Business Creation Program Manager.
Premiere Urgence has just started in January 2008 a second phases of its Professional Kits program. Minimum 125 additional vulnerable people living in 9 others villages of Sampoi Niet will soon be able to restart an income generating activities and improve their living conditions.
The first phase of the Professional Kits program was jointly supported by “Fondation de France” and the French Ministry of Foreign affairs in the Framework of their Tsunami answer. The second phase of this program is also sponsored by “Fondation de France”.