Livelihoods for Resilience

Livelihoods for Resilience

Building on the successful GRAD project, Livelihoods for resilience works with 65,000 families in Ethiopia who are part of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) with the generous support of USAID's Feed the Future. In 2015, USAID's Feed the Future office released a report saying that GRAD is the most cost-effective investment they have in Ethiopia.

Key Impacts:

  • Incomes went up: Families’ income went up by an average of $353 per year—an 84% increase. For families like Admasu Mulu's, incomes went up by nearly $1,000 per year, nearly three times the average.
  • Families were more resilient: Families were better able to respond to crisis, even during the extreme El Nino event in 2015-2016. There was a 3.8 fold increase in families using savings to cope with shocks, and a 19% decrease in the number of families who reduced the number of meals they ate in a day as a response to crisis. There was also a 40% drop in the number fo households that suffered weather-related crop loss.
  • People ate more, better food: There was a 15% increase in the number of months out of the year where families had enough food, and a 35% increase in dietary diversity.
  • Loans supported businesses: families who took loans changed the way they used them.  Before, the most common reason to take out a loan was to buy food.  Now, they use loans to invest in productive assets and grow their businesses.
  • Women got more involved in decision-making: There was a 7 fold increase in women’s involvement in household decision making, and a 10 fold increase in their ability to make livelihood and production decisions.



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