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Small Grants

The Small Grants programme implemented across the Pankisi Valley consumes the majority of KRDF staff's time. It aims at providing the vulnerable people – refugees and vulnerable locals alike – with the means to become self-reliant.

To-date, more than 150 micro-projects have been funded, ranging from agriculture to trade, car servicing, carpentry, shoemaking, electronic service centre, to cafés and bakeries. Over years, we have managed to achieve a success rate of over 85%, which means that the majority of refugee households now have at least one source of steady income.

The Small Grants programme has become possible thanks to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Union, Polish Aid, the Government of The Netherlands, and Princess Haya.

Social Support

The idea behind the so-called "social grants" was to assist those households that due to specific vulnerabilities – resulting for example from disability, lonely parenthood, many children – were not able to avail a business development grant.

Such households – both of the refugees from Chechnya and of the local population living below the poverty line – are offered social support in form of a livestock grant. More often than not the grant consists of two milk cows, fodder and small funds for shed construction. Families are then able to sell milk and milk products and thus obtain a source of small but reliable income.

In 2009, KRDF has awarded close to 50 social grants, including 10 grants for local destitute families.