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What we do

Economic Opportunity

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Economic Opportunity

Overview

To achieve the most lasting development in fragile settings, one intervention is more powerful than all the rest: creating jobs.

Relief International’s economic opportunity programs are based on the belief that creating employment is the most critical pathway to building resilience for vulnerable communities. Our programs are based on sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions. We help small producers and other entrepreneurs build businesses that transform their communities, create quality jobs, and increase productivity, market opportunities, and incomes. We do this by expanding access to small-scale technologies that are appropriate for fragile settings, as well as providing technical assistance, knowledge, and financial support.

All of Relief International’s livelihoods work is underpinned by protection measures. This means we ensure that groups with high vulnerability or special needs have access and dignity in attaining the economic opportunities they need to thrive.

Our economic opportunities programs include:

  • Energy projects like fuel efficient cookstoves, solar power, and small-scale village electrification that offer environmentally-friendly solutions that lower expenses.
  • Promotion of low-cost technologies, all locally manufactured by the local private sector using techniques that do not require costly imported machinery.
  • Boosting incomes while protecting biodiversity through profitable resource management and industry building.
  • Agribusiness initiatives that alleviate poverty through enterprise-focused agricultural interventions.
  • Fostering entrepreneurship for forcibly displaced persons by providing training, start-up grants, and establishing community savings and loan groups.
  • Providing cash-based assistance to families during emergencies or times of economic strain to stimulate the local economy.
  • Establishing household gardens that enable women to sell excess produce at the market to generate more income.
Our Impact in 2018

Where we focus in economic opportunity

>60K
people in Ghana with increased income from producing or selling our Gyapa cookstove since 2007
>28K
people with increased income in Afghanistan, 15,664 of whom were women
3.3K
jobs created for water technicians in conflict-affected regions of Somalia in 2018
South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Enterprise Development in Fragile Settings

Bangladesh

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

Bangladeshi communities have long relied on the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest for their lives and livelihoods, exposing these critical resources to overexploitation. In recent years, Relief International has partnered with local communities to launch eco-friendly businesses that provide jobs while protecting this natural site.

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Afghanistan

Progress for Women Means Progress for All

Decades of war has taken its toll on all Afghans, and has particularly impacted women and girls. Our Women’s Enterprise, Advocacy and Training Program (WEAT) is a five-year initiative started in 2017 and aimed at empowering women and girls in seven districts of Ghazni, Kapisa, and Nangarhar.

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South Sudan

Training Female Entrepreneurs to be Market Leaders

In 2016, a vocational training center for both refugees and the host community was set up in Bunj. Here, 25 women are being trained in food preparation and baking.

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Iraq

Banking on the Unbanked: Microfinance in Iraq

Since 2006, Relief International has provided more than $60 million in credit products tailored specifically to low-income households and small businesses in Iraq that are unable to access financing through traditional banks.

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Bangladesh

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

Masooda Tokhi, Relief International Program Manager, meeting the Minister of Education to sign a MOU on our work.

Afghanistan

Progress for Women Means Progress for All

South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

South Sudan

Training Female Entrepreneurs to be Market Leaders

The Relief International microfinance team visits the Metrography Agency in Iraq. RI

Iraq

Banking on the Unbanked: Microfinance in Iraq

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Masooda Tokhi, Relief International Program Manager, meeting the Minister of Education to sign a MOU on our work.
South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
The Relief International microfinance team visits the Metrography Agency in Iraq. RI
RI Staff/RI

Life among the Mangroves: Eco-Tourism in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans Forest

Masooda Tokhi, Relief International Program Manager, meeting the Minister of Education to sign a MOU on our work.

Progress for Women Means Progress for All

South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Training Female Entrepreneurs to be Market Leaders

The Relief International microfinance team visits the Metrography Agency in Iraq. RI

Banking on the Unbanked: Microfinance in Iraq

Client Perspective

Through Relief International's business skills training program, I learned to design attractive gift boxes and how to reach my clients directly without any middle-men. Now I earn more profit.

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Featured Resources

South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Get in touch

For more information on Relief International’s work in economic opportunity, please contact [email protected]