OSDI has initiated this project to help educated youth of the rural areas to start small businesses. The primary aim is to create more sources of income and increase income levels within the under-privileged areas, essentially promoting the importance of education through widened opportunities. Grants are given to educated, unemployed youth to initiate small businesses such as grocery or mobile shops, transport services, dairy businesses, fish farming, handicrafts or stitching opportunities, etc.
OSDI assists with the feasibility plan and provides candidates with suitable Financial Literacy Trainings to help the beneficiaries to develop their business and management skills such as book-keeping and finance handling. 60 capable youth have been financed since the inception of this project in the focus districts of Matiari, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Lasbela and Mardan (till 2021).
The Small Rural Enterprises Project has the following objectives: