Earning an income is key to building a better life. But millions live in poverty and lack the resources to have a resilient livelihood. World Vision can help create economic opportunities and improve access to nutritious food for the world’s most vulnerable people.

How we can achieve this

With the help of generous supporters like you, World Vision has been supporting people in poverty to gain skills and opportunities for their livelihoods. We help communities to grow crops of higher nutritional and market value in a sustainable way. We also work to make market relationships more equitable, and we help communities prepare for and respond to risk such as natural disasters, which can derail livelihoods. 

What we achieved in 2017

36,936 people across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania benefited from improved access to food

This was achieved through our regional Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) project. FMNR helps increase tree cover, which contributes to increased agricultural productivity.

35 Sri Lankan farmers were trained in post-harvest practices and value addition

This spurred increased trade and market development in organic produce, with 40 domestic enterprises emerging through growth in commercial organic farming.

9,784 people living in rural areas of Sri Lanka benefitted from home-based organic gardens

In addition, 1,600 families were equipped with seeds and planting materials, and 140 families were trained and equipped for beekeeping.

Milk collection centre in Rwanda

How a milk centre changed a community

When the Rwandan government started a program called GIRINKA (One Cow Per Poor Family) in 2006, it was intended to help relieve malnutrition rates. Unfortunately, it also meant a market saturated with milk.

Drocella, a local farmer, says: “It was not good because we had nowhere to sell milk. Sometimes the milk shops wouldn’t buy or pay. Or if they did pay, it was in instalments and not in the timely manner we needed.”

That’s when World Vision built the Milk Collection Centre in January 2014, including the cooling tanks and milk cans to help the farmers get started. Having a central location for their wares meant that farmers could make more income, instead of competing.

Now, farmers are paid regularly every 15 days, providing more stability for their families. It also makes it easier to access loans because lending institutions see regular cash flow.

Thanks to the Milk Collection Centre built by World Vision, local farmer Drocella has tripled her income each month.

How your support will help

When you give a gift to World Vision, you can help facilitate a suite of world-class livelihoods programs based on innovative practices and business principles. People living in poverty can have an opportunity to increase their income, gain a robust livelihood and have reliable access to food. This means families can better provide for their children’s health, education, nutrition and general wellbeing. 

Eight years without work

“The last time I found work was over a month ago,” says Harju, a 50-year-old daily wage earner living in Sagar, India. Ever since the community was been hit by a devastating drought, jobs have been scarce.

As a job card holder, he was guaranteed 100 days of work by the government, but he has never had a day’s work from it in eight years. He keeps desperately trying to find work nearby, so he doesn’t have to leave his family behind.

All that’s keeping his family alive is a small herd of goats. “Selling the goats is just enough to sustain my family,” Harju says. He wants a chance to earn a living and give his family some hope. With your help, you can support people like Harju to find a livelihood and survive difficult circumstances. 

“The last time I found work was over a month ago,” says Harju

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