Chevron partners with groups like the Opportunity Fund and Inner City Advisors. With our support, these organizations are able to increase resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
California's largest nonprofit microlender and a national leader in microsavings, Opportunity Fund serves both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Chevron's partnership with Opportunity Fund began in 2009. In 2012, through our partnership, Opportunity Fund provided microloans and business support to 370 small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and to more than 900 entrepreneurs in California. Since July 2013, nearly 2,000 local business owners and employees have participated in and benefited from this project.
Chevron has supported Inner City Advisors (ICA) for nearly a decade. ICA, with the help of Chevron's support, expands the creation of good jobs for people with high barriers to employment by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in growing their operations.
The Appalachia Partnership Initiative is a $20 million effort designed to address education and workforce development in 27 counties across southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
In coordination with founding partners, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corporation, the initiative is part of a long-term regional commitment to improve science, technology, engineering and math education and further develop a highly skilled workforce for the energy and manufacturing industries.
In 2010, Chevron launched the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI), which was established to help increase income, employment and equitable economic growth in Nigeria by building public-private partnerships. The NDPI has launched three pilot projects to create jobs and increase income for Niger Delta residents within the aquaculture, cassava and palm oil agricultural sectors. Programs emphasize coordination among farmers, producers, government agencies and banks. The foundation is using demonstration ponds located near the NDPI's Economic Development Center in Warri to train fish farmers to improve their yields.
To date, the NDPI has trained more than 10,633 people, including 48 local business owners and employees, created more than 538 jobs and established 80 partnerships. Nearly 11,000 people have benefited directly from the NDPI.
Our initial success has encouraged other prominent international organizations to get involved, generating an additional $50 million in funding. And in 2014, Chevron committed an additional $40 million to the NDPI over the next five years, bringing the total resources generated by the foundation to $140 million.
In 2014, Chevron announced a $10 million commitment to create the Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI), a five-year program to support economic development for communities in the Greater Sylhet region. Chevron's BPI commitment represents one of the largest corporate social investments for Bangladesh. Over the next five years, the BPI will work with local nongovernmental and international development organizations to assess local needs and establish enterprise and workforce development programs. The objective of these programs will be to promote economic stability and job creation and accelerate sustainable growth.
For more than 10 years, Chevron has partnered with Pact in Myanmar to improve the health of more than 500,000 people. Through the Sustainable Health and Empowerment (SHINE) program, Pact and Chevron have reached more than 169,000 people in 245 villages with integrated health and livelihood support.
In May 2014, Chevron/UNOCAL Myanmar signed a Public-Private Partnership agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Pact Myanmar to launch phase two of the SHINE program. This $3 million, three-year project is focused on women's economic empowerment through establishing Village Health and Development Funds, which will focus on maternal, newborn and child health, tuberculosis, water and sanitation, and financial empowerment of women in target communities.
We participate in Inclusão Comunitária, Com.domínio Digital and Enter Jovem Plus to improve job opportunities by providing personal skills development and professional training for Brazilian women and young people who want to generate more income for their families. To date, these programs have benefited nearly 2,400 people.
In Kazakhstan, we partner with Women's Entrepreneurship, which aims to empower Kazakh women—who face high unemployment—by providing educational opportunities and supporting development of small and medium-sized enterprises. We're also developing a $30 million initiative for young people that will include a youth center and education, wellness and vocational awareness programs.