PIN Mongolia perceives its role as a partner for Mongolian communities, CSOs and government to support effective dialogue and to take the right process for decisions ensuring people-centred and sustainable development in Mongolia. We support the development of an active and grassroots-based civil society which is able to constructively engage local authorities and other stakeholders on the issues that matter the most to local communities.
Empowered People - Improved Livelihoods (EPIL)
In Mongolia, the majority of the people living in the rural regions still rely on herding as their main source of income. In 2016, PIN proposed the EPIL project to the European Union as it observed that rural entrepreneurs lacked information about financing and the necessary skills to secure it. They also faced difficulties to create and develop new activities that would help them earn additional money. In a nutshell, they were lacking the opportunities to have better livelihoods. At that time, the central government of Mongolia created a special fund meant to provide soft loans to help rural entrepreneurs pursue and make concrete their business ideas. However, accessing this fund proved to be difficult for business owners as PIN noted issues with the way the fund was managed and with both the quality and the volume of information given to potential loan applicants.
In details, the project focused on different ways to achieve the desired impact:
- Disseminating information about the public fund to businesses, civil society organisations, and cooperatives and training local officials to better governance practices.
- Providing business skills and tools to these private actors, and improving their marketing, financial management, loan applications, and innovative thinking.
- Linking districts, regions, and economic actors together and promoting sharing of knowledge and best practices.