A strong and prosperous economy is the best way to address poverty
Company growth creates jobs and a secure income for people living in town and cities. This also helps rural farmers who depend upon urban businesses to process, package and sell their goods. Earning your own money is the first step towards reducing the need for charity or aid and helps communities to develop a stable way to support themselves.
Since 1999 we have worked in over 40 countries across the world supporting people and enterprises to work together to help their community have better access to goods, services and money.
Since 2014 we have been focusing our work on Sub-Saharan Africa. With funding from the UK Government, we are working with young people and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia to help people learn the skills that are needed to improve and grow local businesses and create sustainable economies that promote prosperity for all.
Prosperity, not Poverty
By focussing on helping urban businesses to grow, we are allowing individuals, families and communities up and down the supply chain to become prosperous.
Prosperity isn’t just about counting wealth, it’s about accessing all of the benefits that wealth brings: access to safe drinking water; food security; a good education; fair and equal job opportunities; decent health care and protection from the effects of climate change.
If we can help developing nations to become prosperous, their people have a better chance of improving their standard of living without relying on international aid and charity.
That is truly sustainable development!
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