Poverty is a multi-dimensional concept, lack of access to sufficient health services and sanitation, chronic hunger and malnutrition, high degree of illiteracy, insufficient income, and scarcity of basic rights and security — all play a role in trapping marginalized communities in an unbreakable cycle of poverty.

Despite significant gains, a large contingent of the extreme poor still remains outside the trickle down process. Economic improvements such as expansion of roads, electricity, or new technology in agriculture, have not helped the ultra-poor. Hence, the search for alternate avenues of promoting growth and reducing poverty has become a policy imperative. In response to these challenges, SAJIDA has initiated an integrated program – “UTTARAN.”


The multi-faceted nature of human deprivation has a far reaching effect. As such, ensuring access to good healthcare practice and support leads to higher productivity and increased household income. It is essential that marginalized and impoverished communities living below the national poverty line need access to an integrated set of financial and health services.

Uttaran aims to transform the socio-economic status of extreme and moderately poor urban and peri-urban families through community mobilization, and equip households with livelihood and health assistance. Enabling income security and better health.


Who is UTTARAN working with?

Uttaran, implementing livelihood and health interventions, through a 2 year program cycle aims to enable approximately 16,125 marginalized women-lead households living in 26 upazilas of Sirajganj, Pabna, Kushtia, Jhenaidah, Shariatpur, and Chandpur escape the poverty trap.


Ascension to Enhanced Health & Living for the Marginalized

Health Interventions

To enhance health standards of members, by providing participants’ healthcare access
  1. Ensure participants’ access to treatment for general diseases
  2. Reduce out-of-pocket health costs via health financing
  3. Improve community-level health seeking behaviors
  4. Set up a smooth referral system between communities & health facilities
  5. Build awareness of essential healthcare and nutrition services
  6. Address issues of non-communicable diseases & overall community health

Livelihood Interventions

To promote inclusive, sustainable economic growth and Increase number of earners in a household:
  1. Increase number of earners in a household
  2. Bolster members’ business value via microbusiness support
  3. Boost household income via livelihood support
  4. Improve members’ financial acumen & entrepreneurial skills
  5. Increase savings practice amongst households
  6. Encourage women’s participation in economic activities