We are a small, dynamic international development organisation working in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to address barriers to safe and lasting work.
Established in 1984, we have over 35 years’ experience of helping people to achieve their own sustainable livelihoods around the world. Our work is undertaken in the belief that, through accessing the vital skills and resources they need to earn a living and address the root causes of their poverty, everyone can act as changemakers in their communities and countries to achieve equality for all.
In 2021 alone, we engaged over 295,000 marginalised people, raising awareness of their rights and the rights of others and strengthening the community structures through which those rights may be realised, collectively.
By 2025, we aim to reach one million people with the knowledge and skills to build brighter futures, including better household incomes and food security.
Who are the people we aim to reach?
As of 2019, 34% of people living in Africa live in extreme poverty, defined as having less than £1.56 to spend a day (UNCTAD, 2021). But that’s not the whole story.
Though the percentage of people living in poverty has been declining, levels of inequality have been steadily rising between and within African countries, meaning the situation for the most marginalised people in the poorest countries has either remained the same or gotten severely worse as a result of COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis.
These are the people we aim to reach, people whose lives have been heavily affected by colonialism, conflict and natural disasters. We work alongside them tackle the root causes of poverty, inequality and discrimination so that they may live fully, happily and without their marginalisation defining who they are.