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lift the coun­try’s hard­core and ur­ban poor.

“Jaf­far was able to up­grade his stall’s canopy, dis­play racks and other equip­ment needed to run his busi­ness, such as a sugar cane juice ma­chine and a cash reg­is­ter,” it read.

T h e re p o r t s a i d t h e p ro­gramme recorded sig­nif­i­cant success in turn­ing the liveli­hoods of par­tic­i­pants around by help­ing them de­velop and ex­pand their busi­nesses.

The pro­gramme con­ducted com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­i­ties, such as rock melon farming for Madra sah Tah­fiz Anak Ya­tim/Miskin Raud­hatul Baiduri.

“The project has al­lowed the madrasah to earn ex­tra in­come through six cy­cles of har­vest­ing since July 2015, gen­er­at­ing earn­ings of RM39,000.”

The re­port said the coun­try’s poverty level de­clined to 0.6 per cent in 2014 from 3.8 per cent in 2009.

Last year, RM66.71 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to agen­cies in­volved in de­liv­er­ing the National Key Re­sults Area for Low-In­come House­holds, which fo­cused on the con­tin­u­a­tion of the 1AZAM (Akhiri Za­man Miskin).

It also em­pha­sised on Be­yond 1AZAM pro­grammes and the de­liv­ery of eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment projects to vul­ner­a­ble groups via dig­i­tal means.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim said in the re­port that the 1AZAM pro­gramme cov­ered seven ar­eas: AZAM Tani, AZAM Ni­aga, AZAM Kerja, AZAM Khid­mat, AZAM Ban­dar and the au­tonomous­ly­op­er­ated AZAM Sabah and 1AZAM Sarawak.

“Last year, 7,016 new par­tic­i­pants joined 1AZAM. 7,758 in­creased their in­come above RM300 (more than 90 per cent of their pre­vi­ous in­di­vid­ual in­come).

“Mean­while, 1,719 par­tic­i­pants in Be­yond 1AZAM in­creased their in­come by at least 50 per cent,” she said.

Par­tic­i­pants were pro­vided as­sis­tance ac­cord­ing to their skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties and also ac­cess to jobs or chances to prove their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

Suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pants were given the chance to join the Be­yond 1AZAM pro­gramme, which pro­vided ad­vanced train­ing, coach­ing and men­tor­ing.

These pro­grammes aimed to in­crease par­tic­i­pants’ in­come from their projects by 50 per cent for at least three months and lead them to set up their own small- and medium-scale en­ter­prises.

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