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Helping People to Work their Own Way Out of Poverty

Many people in developing countries have the skills and enthusiasm to generate an income for themselves, yet lack the opportunity to put it into practice.

At Muslim Hands, we believe in empowering people to help themselves. Inspired by our faith, we see the wealth given by God as something that all human beings have a right to and we strive to give people access to sustainable ways of supporting themselves and their communities.

Since 1994, Muslim Hands has been working globally to support people in accessing work and education.

Our livelihoods projects cater to the specific needs of the communities that we work with and can range from anything to providing vocational training to young people, to the distribution of crops and equipment to farming families.

Key Facts

The struggles faced by the developing world

783 million people live on less than $1.90 a day

In the world’s poorest countries, 1 in 4 children are forced to work

1 in 9 people do not get enough food

Muslim Hands Micro Grants

The new Muslim Hands Micro-Grant programme empowers people struggling to support their families by helping them build a better future through entrepreneurship.

When you give towards a grant, you are providing a Zakat-eligible individual with the tools they need to succeed.

It offers a unique opportunity for people living in poverty to start or expand a small business, allowing them to increase their income and achieve a self-sustaining livelihood.

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Razia's Story of Hope

Razia has been solely responsible for her daughters - aged nine, eight, five and four - since 2016, when her husband went to look for work in Iran. She hasn’t heard from him since then and she has no idea if she is a widow and her children are orphans.

At aged 23, Razia’s whole life is consumed by struggling to provide for her daughters. 

Despite being a young and energetic woman, living hand-to-mouth was wearing Razia down. But your generous donations changed her life forever, transforming her into a seamstress with her own business!


How You've Helped

Since 1993 your donations have:

Empowered around 725,000 women

Helped 1.4 million people around the world out of poverty

Planted almost 230,000 olive tree saplings to be harvested in Palestine

Planted 127,000 fruit trees

Set up 299 shops for widows and disadvantaged families

Given 425 rickshaws to needy families in Bangladesh

The Prophet (saw) said, 'Nobody has ever eaten a better meal than that which one has earned by working with one's own hands. The Prophet of Allah, David used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor'. [Bukhari]

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Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.