Sustainable Livelihood Opportunities Begin With You

Livelihood

About the Situation

By the Numbers

1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty around the world

Nearly 40 million people were pushed into poverty in 2010

More than 1.5 billion people—nearly half of the world’s working population—work in vulnerable or insecure jobs

(Source: International Labor Organization, United Nations)


Some 1.3 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, but why?

Not everyone starts out in life with financial stability, education, good health and community support. And even if someone attains these early in life, stability can easily be lost when disaster strikes. When their only way of earning an income is gone, it’s very easy to slip into poverty, and even more difficult to get out.

Without a reliable and adequate means of earning a living, even hard-working families are more vulnerable to stresses such as conflict, an earthquake or a drought. When such incidents occur again and again, it becomes even more difficult for them to earn a living or get out of debt.

Poverty is a cycle, but it doesn’t have to be unbreakable. Solutions are possible.

Growth is a cycle too, and by creating sustainable livelihoods in impoverished communities, we’re helping people prosper for many years to come, insha’Allah.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

Through sustainable livelihood projects, Islamic Relief is able to help the individuals acquire the skills they need to develop a reliable means of earning income. We’re helping families get the basics they need to survive—we’re helping communities prosper by boosting the local economy and by creating jobs.

You and Islamic Relief helped Sha Ximei in China break the cycle of poverty and become an entrepreneur.
Sha Ximei

Read her story to learn how.

Through your generous support, Islamic Relief’s sustainable livelihood projects can help reduce poverty globally now and well into the future.

Your donations to Islamic Relief sustainable livelihoods help us to:

  • Provide skills training and education
  • Promote better business practices
  • Provide supplies and tools
  • Provide access to small-business financial support
  • Reduce disaster risk
  • Connect community businesses
  • Create job opportunities

Here’s a breakdown of some livelihood programs Islamic Relief has supported:

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR ORPHANS
Afghanistan

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Chechnya

ISLAMIC MICROFINANCE FOR PINGLIANG
China

EMERGENCY LIVESTOCK INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Ethiopia

COMMUNITY LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Pakistan

FARMLAND REHABILITATION
Palestine

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES AND IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES
United States

HOW YOU CAN HELP

By supporting Islamic Relief’s sustainable livelihood projects, you help Islamic Relief plant seeds of opportunity that empower individuals to improve their own lives and create a better tomorrow for their communities.

 

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Livelihood fund to support this effort.