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Micro-enterprise / Micro-finance

With limited farmland and without many other viable options for employment, upland people must maximize income opportunities from backyard agriculture and other cottage industry. Micro-finance,managed by community members, can provide a needed financial boost towards establishing small family enterprises such as village stores and markets, livestock feed cooperatives and other backyard sources of supplemental income.

Tribal handicrafts supplement family incomes in several UHDP focus communities.

The means to sustainably produce and market agroforest products such as native forest pepper is essential for maintaining upland livelihoods.

Occupational class VSL

Backyard seedling nurseries produce plants for family farms or for local markets.