Livelihoods and Enterprise

Finding new or better work is the most direct path out of poverty for families in need.  Relief International facilitates this process by providing vocational training, offering microfinance opportunities, and developing promising value chains. As a result of these efforts, farmers in Tanzania can get their crops to market before they spoil and women in Afghanistan can earn an income to support their families. These programs are aimed at long-term, reliable growth, and Relief International often engages private sector partners to leverage additional resources and guarantee sustainability.

Bangladesh: Promoting Local Culture in the Sundarbans through Ecotourism and Entrepreneurship
With support from the European Union, RI is working to build respect for the significance of the Sundarbans Impact Zone (SIZ) through the development of cultural tourism and entrepreneurship. Learn More...

Iraq: Advancing Widows Assistance via Enterprise (AWAVE)
The “Advancing Widows Assistance via Enterprise” (AWAVE) program aims to improve access for widows to social assistance programs by investing in local non-governmental organizations (LNGOs) to build their capacity to successfully serve the widow population of Iraq. Learn More...

Iraq: Economically Empowering Widows in Iraq
This program is aimed at creating jobs and expanding access to economic opportunities for widows in Iraq, in particular marginalized widows living in poverty. Learn More...

Iraq: Relief International Microfinance in Iraq
Since 2006, Relief International has provided micro and small loans to disadvantaged men and women in Iraq. Learn More...

Bangladesh: Social and Economic Security for Traditional Resource Users of the Sundarbans
The Sundarbans provides livelihoods for a vast majority of the population living in and around the SIZ, who suffer from chronic poverty and lack access to decent work or social security schemes. Learn More...

Rural Women's Microcredit Program
Relief International's Rural Women's Microcredit Program in some of the most rural and impoverished provinces facilitates women's empowerment and financial independence by providing loans of up to $250 per family. Learn More...

Uganda: Domestic Rainwater Harvesting
To contribute to poverty reduction and relieve women and children from the drudgery of fetching water, Relief International is improving access to safe water in the home by harvesting rainwater. Learn More...

Senegal: Economic Growth Project (EGP)
The EGP project, an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC), is implemented by a consortium of local and international organizations. IRG (International Resource Groups) being the prime partner, and RI/EWV a partner involved in various components. Learn More...

Indonesia: Assistance to Artisans: Building Back Better
The 2006 earthquake led to a full-fledged destruction of the ceramics industry, the second largest sector of the local economy next to agriculture. Since the disaster, RI has empowered residents to rebuild and revitalize the ceramics industry. Learn More...

Ghana: Promoting Energy-Efficient Stoves
Charcoal usage dominates the list of household energy fuel options in Ghana, particularly in urban areas. To help reduce carbon dioxide emissions among charcoal users, Relief International/EnterpriseWorks-VITA (RI-EWV) has been promoting the use of 'Gyapa' brand energy efficient stoves among charcoal consuming households, school kitchens and commercial food vendors in Ghana since 2007. Learn More...

Azerbaijan: Microfinance Program
Relief International and MADAD provide micro-credit lending to stimulate and promote economic development in Azerbaijan. Loans are provided to people who demonstrate business potential but currently lack the capital to generate a sufficient income. Learn More...