Livelihoods

Livelihoods

Giving a hand up, not a hand-out

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Key Facts

The struggles faced by the developing world

Over 1 billion people live on less than $1.25/day

Nearly 250 million children have to work to help their families

More than 1.3 billion around the world live in extreme poverty


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 apprenticeships to young people, to the distribution of crops and equipment to farming families.

Muslim Hands Livelihood Projects

We carry out many different types of livelihood projects. These include the provision of:

Start-up loans for small businesses

Livestock

Vocational training

Fruit trees

Fishing boats and equipment

Crops and agricultural equipment

How a Small Change can Make a Big Difference: Microloans for Mothers

In Malawi, women make up a large and ever-growing proportion of the workforce. However, 90% of women live in poverty and have been deprived of access to credit facilities and other financial services.  Banks often focus on men and formal businesses, leaving women neglected in the financial sector even though they contribute larger portions of their income to household consumption than their male counterparts.

When you empower the women in a community, you are in fact empowering the whole community. That’s why, when an opportunity arose to partner up with Microloan Foundation, an NGO dedicated to helping women become financially independent, we were more than happy to get involved.

After speaking to women in the Chiradzulu District of Blantyre, southern Malawi, we learned that the largest issue families were facing was a shortage of food. Two years of severe drought has caused a massive food crisis in the country. Access to capital would allow women and in turn their families, to support themselves during this difficult time. 

With this in mind, Muslim Hands in partnership with Microloan Foundation, launched a programme which offered small loans and business training to a group of 45 women so that they could start up their own businesses or keep their farms running efficiently. With a secure income, women can afford not only to feed their families, but also to send their children to school, giving them a way out of poverty.

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Now in our 25th year of relieving poverty and suffering worldwide and those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.