Look at poverty differently and you’ll see grassroots entrepreneurs, full of energy and ideas. We help turn their skills and potential into jobs. They find a way up and out of poverty.
Hand in Hand International is a member of the Hand in Hand Network, a global group of NGOs working to fight poverty in 10 countries and counting. Our goal is to create 10 million jobs in some of the world’s poorest communities.
2003: Hand in Hand Co-Founder Percy Barnevik teams up with local development specialist Dr Kalpana Sankar, a nuclear physicist by training, to help expand a small charity. Together, they begin to devise the Hand in Hand job creation model.
2007: Hand in Hand Afghanistan launches at the request of then-President Hamid Karzai. The operation is established by staff from India, setting the tone for our continued emphasis on South-to-South knowledge transfer.
2008: Hand in Hand Southern Africa launches in Bryanston, a suburb of Johannesburg, with three staff and a cramped office. Today the operation has 240 staff in four countries: South Africa,Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
2010: Hand in Hand Eastern Africa launches in Nairobi, Kenya. Pauline Ngari signs on as CEO, bringing with her years of expertise as one of the country’s foremost authorities on microfinance.
2012: Hand in Hand India launches a pilot in Cambodia.
2013: Hand in Hand Eastern Africa partners with CARE International to empower some 80,000 Rwandans, mostly women, to work their way of poverty by running their own sustainable businesses. The US $3.2 million partnership is slated to last three years.
2013: Hand in Hand India continues its regional expansion by setting up in Myanmar.
2014: Friends of Hand in Hand International launches in Boston, enabling US citizens to make tax deductible donations. Board members include Bruce Grant, Chair of Hand in Hand International and Founder of Applied Value LLC; John McArthur, former dean of Harvard Business School and former director of Chase Manhattan; Sven Sandström, former managing director of the World Bank and former CEO of Hand in Hand International; and Chris Jochnick, director of Oxfam America’s Private Sector Department.