Most of the Haor region in north-eastern Bangladesh is under water seven months per year. During that period, the settlements change into islands completely isolated from the mainland. Villages are prone to flood and erosion. Farmers can only produce one crop of rice per year, not enough to provide for a living. Therefore, people are forced to work away from their village. They are vulnerable to economic shocks and face great difficulties to support their families. The EU is helping villagers in the most affected Haor districts to resist to economic difficulties through self-help groups, small loans, capacity building and village protection.