UNDP Thailand; with support of the Citi Foundation, has conducted a program on “Strengthening Community Entrepreneurship and Localizing Social Incubation in the Southern Border Provinces in the Context of COVID-19 Crisis” to assist local-level institutions in creating employment opportunities and income-generating businesses targeting low-income households, women groups, youth, and unemployed persons in the aftermath of COVID-19 crisis by strengthening capacities of local men and women to become community business incubators equipped with skills and knowledge necessary to start or develop their own viable and sustainable community enterprises. The program was designed through consultations among local communities, and respective local governments.
Situated in the coastal plain areas, most of the villagers in Baan Nam Bor subdistrict in Panarae district of Pattani province have a traditional fisherman’s lifestyle, farming, general employment, and some have migrated to Malaysia for employment. During the recent COVID crisis, around 500 villagers from Ban Nam Bo working in Malaysia returned to the community, about 150 people are from a village with 282 households alone. They no longer have farming or fishing skills. Several villagers rely on income from goat cattle and selling hawk fish to the middleman. Poor families and unskilled youth earn less than 100 Baht per day from unwrapping cockapoo fish. Thus, creating jobs to increase local income and well-being is essential to lighten the burden of community members during this crisis.