As a part of ADB's national "Road Sector Improvement Project", CARE International Timor Leste is piloting a Community Empowerment Initiative Component (CEIC). This component aims to increase employment opportunities through capacity development and access to markets for rural communities by involving them in the construction and rehabilitation of rural feeder roads.
Head of households, widow, divorced, and youth both men and women are the target project participants. The project will operat in two villages in two sub-districts. A total of 15,516 meter rural access road will be rehabilitated throughout the year by the crew members. The crew members will work 6 days a week for 6 hours a day. Paymen will be in cash but there is a mandatory savings scheme. The daily rate is @US $ 4.00/day where they receives @US $ 3.00/day in a fortnightly basis from the Bank; the Bank transfers @US $ 1/day to the crew member’s individual savings accounts which will be used as start-up capital for the income generating activities after receiving business management training.
The project has a substantial training program, which will provide communities with skills in roads construction and maintenance, bio-engineering techniques to prevent landslides, and basic small scale business management. Particular focus is paid to increasing opportunities for women and youth. Health promotion including hygiene, disease, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS prevention will be built in as a part of community education. As a part of awareness program, a training package on human rights and gender equity will also be included.