In 2013, Hand in Hand pledged to “scale up job creation rapidly and effectively by co-operating with partners”. Then we got to work doing it. By the time our strategic period ends in 2021, we aim to create more than 250,000 jobs by partnering with governments and like-minded NGOs. Read on to find out who we’re working with so far.
In 2014, we expanded into Samangan Province, Afghanistan, thanks to a US $1.16 million (€840,000) grant from the European Union (EU). The partnership created more than 5,500 small businesses and 8,500 sustainable jobs while achieving a female participation rate of 76 percent – our highest-ever in Afghanistan.
The project was “extremely useful to improving women’s socioeconomic situation”, according to independent evaluators.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
With support from GIZ, the international development arm of the German government, Hand in Hand is helping 2,000 returnees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan work their way towards a prosperous, sustainable future in the country’s growing poultry value chain. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2018.
Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust
The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (JJCCT) backed our one-year Water Entrepreneurs pilot project, which worked to harness social entrepreneurship to fight water scarcity in Kenya. It has also funded our work in Afghanistan.
We are proud members of the JJCCT Secondment Programme.
Hand in Hand was approved as a Basic Partner of crowdsourcing pioneer Kiva in early-2014, and now qualifies for funding of more than US $1 million. Kiva users worldwide have been lending to Hand in Hand entrepreneurs in Kenya ever since.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Funding for our programme in Kenya is provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The partnership has already helped created some 36,500 jobs in rural Kenya, benefiting an estimated 180,000 family members. With Sida’s help, we aim to help create 28,000 more.
Hand in Hand was the main implementing partner in a major job creation programme funded by UN Women in South Africa. The programme aimed to mobilise 25,000 women around our job creation model.
Our team in India worked with Water.org to educate impoverished communities in rural south India about the importance of sanitation and safe drinking water, then provide access to microfinance for the construction of 21,050 taps and 6,450 toilets.
Our three-year, US $3.2 million partnership with CARE International in Rwanda blended the best of both organisations, combining CARE’s experience mobilising savings groups with Hand in Hand’s expertise training rural populations, mostly women, to start their own businesses. The project created 115,000 jobs versus a target of 80,000, boosting business incomes by an average of 75 percent.
In 2009, Hand in Hand India was invited by Visão Mundial (World Vision Brazil) to share its approach to training grassroots entrepreneurs. The two-year pilot project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, resulted in the formation of more than 100 local Self-Help Groups in three provinces of northeast Brazil.
Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP)
The AREDP is a US $600 million government project to create 2.15 million jobs. Hand in Hand Afghanistan complements and extends the programme’s work by operating in remote communities other NGOs can’t reach – a hurdle we overcome by ensuring our staff live and work in the communities they serve. In some of the most remote areas 55 percent of people live in poverty, but only 1 percent have received support from NGOs.
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP)
Hand in Hand is a key partner of the Kenyan government’s ASDSP, which aims to “transform Kenya’s agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and modern industry”. We work to mobilise groups, provide training and link farmers to larger markets.
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Our network leaders have helped shape life in Hand in Hand’s operating countries. Click below to find out how
"Your work is amazing and incredibly impactful. I wish all our partners were as stellar as Hand in Hand India."
Matt Damon | Co-founder | water.org
"I acknowledge with thanks the capacity building and hand-holding support which Hand in Hand India offered us at the start of our initiative." Raynald Miranda | National Facilitator of Gol-D methodology | Visal Mundial (World Vision Brazil)
"CARE has found that community savings groups meet the need for savings and credit at the very bottom rung of the world’s economic ladder. They create a platform from which the poor can advance to receive the more sophisticated financial services that they inevitably need as their resources, skills and confidence grow. Our partnership With Hand in Hand is a fantastic opportunity to pool our expertise on savings-led microfinance with Hand in Hand International’s long experience of job creation."
John Plastow | Program Director | CARE International UK
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