Economic development is a cornerstone of our development work.
We strive to raise the living standards of poor families and empower them to take responsibility for their own needs. Poverty is a difficult cycle to break. Therefore, we try to make the best use of our human and environmental resources to ensure the sustainability of our work. We do this through:
- Offering vocational training to build the skills of the people in our target areas.
- Providing micro-credit for income generating projects. Participants in this programme produce a feasibility study for their project and receive some business training; we provide small loans and support to kick start their enterprises.
- Teaching women various practical and creative skills so that they can produce handcrafts to sell in order to contribute to their family’s income.
- Promoting career readiness. We offer language and computer training to equip young people for the workforce, and assist with the job search in a climate where more than 54% of people aged 15-24 are unemployed throughout the country, according to the UNDP. We help young people to prepare their résumés, sharpen interview skills and identify local job opportunities.
- Building awareness of field workers and local leaders about the capacity of the private sector to provide income and employment so as to encourage a culture of private sector employment and entrepreneurship.