Hand in Hand has received funding from DFID, the EU, Sida and UN Women, among others

By the numbers

3.43 million businesses run

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


 5.57 million jobs created

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

 19.7 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


"Throughout our partnership, Hand in Hand Afghanistan has demonstrated excellent programme design and implementation, low cost per member trained and rigorous financial controls. I am happy to recommend Hand in Hand Afghanistan as an implementation partner." Robert Glass | Project Director German Development Cooperation (GIZ)
"Hand in Hand did not only meet our expectations, they exceeded them for the job creation targets set by the Embassy of Sweden’s original partnership with Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, established in 2010. That’s why we deepened our involvement with the programme, committing another 10 million Swedish Crowns (or US $1.4 million) from Sida to Hand in Hand Eastern Africa over the next two years." Anders Rönquist | Head of Development Cooperation | Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi (Sida)
"We welcome all initiatives to empower women in Afghanistan and to develop an enabling environment for this. Hand in Hand’s programme will help Afghan women participate in public life."
Franz-Michael Mellbin | European Union Special Representative and Head of The European Union Delegation to Afghanistan (former)
"Empowering women contributes to building sustainable communities. We know that a woman’s income immensely benefits not only them but also their children’s education and other family needs. We selected Hand in Hand Southern Africa as our local partner for the Coca-Cola South Africa and UN Women partnership on the strength of their track record in empowering women entrepreneurs in the community."
Dr Sadiq Syed | Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge | UN Women South Africa

Our goals by 2026

Hand in Hand International is growing – fast. To find out where we’re going, and how we plan to get there, click the link below.

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Institutions & foundations

Amalia Johnsson Deputy CEO

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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