I-LED Improving Livelihood and Enterprise Development
The Improving Livelihoods and Enterprise Development program (I-LED) is a three-year initiative to assist those communities affected by the October 8, 2005 earthquake. Ultimately, I-LED aims to increase the incomes of those most seriously affected by the earthquake, living in the Siran and Kaghan Valleys located in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Bagh District located in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), by linking them to markets with economic growth potential.
The I-LED strategy, which will be implemented in collaboration with its partners, is aimed at facilitating the successful transition from relief and reconstruction to broad based economic growth and increased employment in agriculture based affected regions through a collaborative community-based mix of
* Technical assistance
* Voucher and cash for work initiatives
* Targeted matching enterprise grants
The net result of I-LED will be the establishment of a solid base for economic development through restored livelihoods and expanding employment and enterprise opportunities, in conjunction with USAID's commitment to the people of the affected regions of "building back better."