Southern Agricultural and Business Recovery (SABR)
The 2006 Lebanon war devastated the country, claiming over 1,200 lives, with thousands more wounded. Approximately 30,000 homes and shops were destroyed and civilian infrastructure – including ports, airports, television stations, electrical plants, factories, markets, farms, and villages – sustained heavy damage amounting to $3.6 billion.
ANERA partnered with local and international groups to implement the Southern Agricultural and Business Recovery program (SABR) which was funded by a $4.2 million grant from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
How It Worked
In 2007-2008, SABR reached more than 45,000 people during a six-month period. ANERA collaborated with two local organizations, the Association for the Development of Rural Capacities and Development Innovations Group, to help farmers and small enterprises rebuild and repair infrastructure. Small grants of $500 to $2000 were made to 2,100 individual farmers, fishermen, and small enterprises. Larger grants were distributed to four active agricultural cooperatives.
SABR also offered 32 vocational training courses that trained more than 400 entrepreneurs in business management, food processing, marketing, hygiene, soil fertility, aromatic plants, and construction.