Sarasa Bai |Brick Manufacturer | Kanchipuram, India


Trusts and foundations are the lifeblood of Hand in Hand International. In 2014/2015, they accounted for 55 percent of our funding


By the numbers

2.93 million businesses run

Our entrepreneurs farm crops, manufacture goods, run shops and so much more

4.53 million jobs created

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and go into business together

16.19 million lives improved

Every business we help create benefits an average of five family members – young, old and everywhere in between

Based on Guardian datablog charity donations list (minus FACE ratios for The Gavi Fund Affiliate and International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company)

$0.90 of every $1 goes to programmes

On average, the UK’s 10 biggest development NGOs spend $0.80


"I support Hand in Hand because the combination of providing microfinance, developing business skills and empowering women focuses on three key elements in stimulating the development process." John Kay | Visiting Professor of Economics | London School of Economics
"The Postcode Lottery supports organisations and programmes which make a sustainable difference to people’s lives. The Hand in Hand business creation model has a proven track record of enabling some of the poorest and most marginalised in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to set up businesses and lift their families out of poverty." Marieke van Schaik | Managing Director | Dutch Postcode Lottery
“We believe children have better futures when their families earn sustainable incomes, which is why we are supporting Hand in Hand with a US $3.6 million grant. Our partnership with Hand in Hand will help thousands of women and young people in Kenya create jobs and small businesses that can stand up to climate change. We are really excited to launch this partnership and begin our work together!” IKEA Foundation
"The UBS Optimus Foundation works to ensure children are safe, healthy and educated. By working with Hand in Hand to empower mothers in rural India with essential skills such as early childhood development, financial education and basic literacy, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Empower mothers and their children will follow." UBS Optimus Foundation
Beatrice Wanjiku shows her savings book to her Self-Help Group treasurer (far left) | Yogurt Maker | Nairobi outskirts

Give a loan, not a grant

Earn 2 percent annual fixed interest while helping thousands of grassroots entrepreneurs work their way out of poverty.

Every US $100,000 loaned creates 11,500 jobs and improves 57,000 lives in Kenya

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Private donors

Joe Dyson Philanthropy Manager

Joe’s career in charity began at Barnardo’s, where he worked with philanthropists to support the UK’s most vulnerable children. He joined Hand in Hand after developing a keen interest in international development.
Tel: +44 (0)7415 339214

Institutions & foundations

Amalia Johnsson Head of Programmes

Amalia heads up our programme development team. Before joining Hand in Hand she was Programme Manager at Plan International UK, spent several years at the OECD and worked in finance.
Tel: +44 (0)7508 075 601
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