Fighting poverty with jobs
If women’s economic empowerment is what we do, women’s entrepreneurship is how we do it. That means training millions of members to run their own microbusinesses. In other words, it means jobs.
Hand in Hand creates jobs in four sequential stages. Group savings and skills training, the first two, aren’t rare. Nor for that matter is microfinance, the third. But where other organisations focus on one or two of these elements, Hand in Hand combines all three – then adds a fourth by connecting entrepreneurs to larger markets.
Jobs break the cycle of dependency, empowering women to speak up and make decisions for themselves and their families. They also help families absorb shocks such as a bad harvest or unexpected medical bill, laying a foundation that supports generations. For every job we create and grow, an average of family members benefit. That’s more children in school, more parents with access to life-saving medicine and more families with sturdy roofs over their heads.
Our job creation model
Step one: setting up Self-Help Groups
Step two: business training
Step three: access to credit
Step four: links to larger markets
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PartnersMichelle Gillan Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager
With more than 10 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector, Michelle has designed and evaluated programmes throughout the developing world, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 7514 5082
Institutions & foundationsAmalia 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 email@example.com
Tel: +44 (0)7508 075 601