LAPO …Improving Lives


Health for All

Community Health Outreach

LAPO Rural Development Initiative (LARDI)

In the early 1980s, the Nigerian economy experienced shocks arising from the short-fall in oil revenue due to the glut in the international oil market. Governments at national and sub-national levels were unable to adequately meet its obligations to the citizenry.

In 1986, the government began the implementation of the International Monetary Funds-sanctioned Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). The central components of SAP were the devaluation of the national currency, the Naira; removal of subsidies from social services and rationalization of the workforce in the public service. The cumulative effects of the above interventions were a rise in the incidence of poverty in Nigeria.

This was the setting in which Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, working as a rural cooperative officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state, initiated the Lift Above Poverty Organization as a rural development organization the late 1980s to address the challenge of lack of access to credit for low-income people and their micro enterprises; poor health and social exclusion.

The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has developed into a system of mutually re-enforcing institutions active in the:

  • Provision of healthcare services with attention to maternal and child healthcare;
  • Promotion of household livelihood through access to credit and financial inclusion;
  • Addressing the vulnerability of the poor with micro-insurance;
  • Micro-leasing for micro, small and medium enterprises;
  • Provision of micro health insurance policies;
  • Promotion of enterprise development.

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO)

LAPO, as a non-profit organisation currently focuses on:

  • Implementation of Health-for-all project through innovative health delivery approaches;
  • Provision of support for household livelihood through the provision of credit and extension services to the rural economy;
  • Advocacy for gender and popular participation


A development organization enabling economic prosperity; health for all; gender equity and social justice.


To use innovative approaches to provide financial, health and social services to stakeholders in a sustainable manner.

LAPO Group

2021 Milestones

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