POPI’s alternative livelihood program concentrates to identify, introduce and implement various livelihood options by capacitating the poor by building organization (group), developing skills through imparting various skill/ management/ entrepreneurship training and providing capital/ credit support along with assisting them to develop backward and forward market linkages. In 2015-2016 financial year a total of 27,041 poor and extreme poor women were organised under 962 groups. For successful planning and implementation of activities the group members were provided with, human, management and relevant skills/ trade training. The trained participants received credit/ grants assistance to run their EIG initiatives. Besides POPI also helped them to build effective linkages with the market actors so that they can buy input and sell product directly and thus earn a better margin. A total of 12,311 persons living in extreme poverty were assisted in accessing to different categories of safety net opportunities. Through POPI’s entrepreneurship development initiative 102 new enterprises were established and made operational this year.