Teame (MSc-student) and I visited the Regional office for the Productive Safety Net Program this morning to get updated information on the program. They have just launched the new 5 year program with pretty much the same beneficiaries as in the first 5 years. 1.543 million persons are included in the new program. In Tigray 7093 household heads (16000 beneficiaries) have graduated from the (first), that is; achieved an income of 28000 Birr/person/year. These are located i 9 districts (woredas) in Central Zone of Tigray where there are irrigation projects and soils are better. There is a plan to graduate another 6% of the beneficiaries later this year.

A new thing in the new 5 year program is that households are offered to voluntarily participate in a household credit package program where they can get loans for 5 years to invest in livestock, petty trade or weaving. Under the old package the participation and type of credit was not volunatry and that caused problems for vulnerable households who failed to pay back the credit.