You need money to eat

Healthy people are more able and willing to provide for themselves, but in many of the places we operate, there is little or no available work. What work is available is often very poorly paid and women tend to receive even less than men; in India a daily rate of £1 per day becomes 60p per day if you are a woman, even though the work is equally back breaking.

There are many forms of livelihood and we have encouraged people to find their own solution that fits in with local tradition and culture. This can range from beekeeping to cassava and groundnut production in Sierra Leone, to bag making, sanitary towels and tree nurseries in India. It isn’t just helping with money, it is also helping with key skills to ensure success.

The other area we have encouraged is that of micro-finance. This simple system of money lending is where a group of people loan a sum of money, making each person within the group responsible for the whole amount, and each borrows it individually for their particular venture. The sums involved need not be large (a little money goes a long way in developing countries), and can have an enormous impact.

Read more in our livelihoods leaflet (178kb PDF).

One further area that we are very keen on is to ensure that everything is done as ecologically as possible. Next section: the environment