In 2013, the Prime Minister of Pakistan committed to bringing productive microfinance loans to the doorsteps of the economically marginalized so that they could set-up microenterprises to enhance their incomes and improve their living standards. Micro loans of up to PKR 50,000 are being distributed to men and women for establishing and expanding their enterprises.
The scheme is an important part of CEIP’s poverty graduation model, and prepares clients for conventional microfinance. CEIP has successfully implemented the scheme in 10 Union Councils of Dera Ghazi Khan, and has served more than 18,000 clients. The PMIFL Scheme has proved to be an ideal integration with CEIP’s existing interventions targeting livelihood development in the District under the Move Forward to Regain Prosperous Lives (MFRPL) project, which ended in 2016. Under MFPL project, CEIP has mobilized, organized, and trained communities on various employability avenues through viable micro-enterprises development interventions.