HAYAT is conceptualized in a way that respects the socio-economic diversity in Minya and that allows for the different target groups to equally benefit from the project. Accordingly, around 3,200 farmers from Minya will be reached through tailored training on agricultural extension and agribusiness, either through intensive on-the-field capacity building or through involving them in demonstration projects. 3,000 impoverished women from Edwa and Maghagha district will receive technical assistance and business coaching combined with the transfer of productive assets for income generating activities. This target will be even increased with the extension of the project to the south of the governorate (funded by the Government of Japan).
In addition to that, HAYAT will train at least 2,000 mothers on child nutrition and public health issues and 400 youth from Edwa and Maghagha will be trained under the Youth Volunteer Service (YVS) on entrepreneurship and community development topics. Moreover, at least 10,000 beneficiaries will benefit from neighborhood upgrading projects aiming at improving the decayed infrastructures in the targeted areas. At least 150 potential micro-entrepreneurs will also receive intensive business counselling support allowing them to create and/or manage their own enterprises sustainably through linking them to local and national markets and providers of adequate financial services. The ultimate success of the project in its economic component is the number of actual jobs that were directly or indirectly facilitated through HAYAT and in cooperation with public and private employment agencies.
On an institutional level, HAYAT is closely collaborating with local NGOs and Community Development Associations (CDAs) in an attempt to enhance their capacities in the services they provide to local communities. This includes equipping them with the development tools and approaches needed to ensure an efficient and sustainable planning and execution of community interventions in a participatory manner. The local private sector will also benefit from the project indirectly through an increased availability of skilled labor and local government authorities will benefit from a more competent pool of human resources and from capacity building training provided by that HAYAT team on different human security issues.