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Basic Needs Trust Fund

The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) was established under a regional Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) initiative in 1979.  Key objectives of this fund include the following: 

  • increase the productivity and income of the unemployed/underemployed
  • improve the standard of living of poor communities
  • expand and conserve the stock of economic and social infrastructure essential to future growth
  • reduce the economic and social vulnerability of women and persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Improvement in health and educational facilities in deprived communities:
    • Creation of better access through the construction of roads, drains and footpaths
    • Installation & improvement of water supply systems in impoverish communities
    • Repair and construction of community based retail facilities
    • Skills training and upgrading for job creation and entrepreneurship
    • Community empowerment

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