Poverty alleviation programmes that are based on the empowerment of small and micro enterprises aim to provide access to and strengthen the economic environment for small- and micro-scale entrepreneurs. An important aspect in the enforcement is providing wider access to the poor so that they can improve their quality of life.
The characteristics of micro and small enterprises empowerment-based poverty alleviation programme group are:
The coverage of small and micro enterprise-based empowerment programmes can be divided into 3 (three) groups, namely: (1) financing or capital assistance; (2) opening access to finance and product marketing; and (3) improvement entrepreneurship skills and management counselling.
Beneficiaries of these programmes are near-poor community where enterprise is micro- and small-scaled, as well as the poor who do not have business enterprises or have not been involved in economic activities.
Cluster III Programmes