Helping businesses grow

We believe that everyone deserves the chance to provide for themselves and their family. As private enterprises create nine out of ten jobs in developing countries, it is vital that they have the necessary funds to grow.

Crafting Fairer Futures: Swaziland

In September 2018 we launched our third project working in partnership with Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT). This one year project is supporting 100 women who, together with a further 1,900, sell their handcrafts at the Manzini Bus Station in central Swaziland.

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In September 2018 we launched our Bees for Business project which will support 50 women in rural Burkina Faso to become beekeepers and produce honey giving them a year-round, sustainable source of income and enable them to better meet the livelihood needs of their family.

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In Africa

In May 2018 we launched our East Africa Governance and Finance Training project. This two year project will support 20 producer organisations across Kenya and Uganda to increase their productivity, sustainability and capacity to access finance.

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In Malawi

In 2016 we started a three year project working in partnership with Malawi Fairtrade Network (MFTN) to reduce poverty levels among their member producers. 

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In Latin America

Following the success of our Access to Finance training in Africa, this year we delivered two training and mentoring programmes in Latin America. Together with Shared Interest Society, we provide a vital combination of business training and fair finance. Using a donation of £50,000 from our sister organisation, plus the support of other funders, we helped small businesses in Columbia and Peru to improve their financial awareness.

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Building strong networks

Small and medium sized businesses provide the majority of all employment opportunities worldwide. In many sub-saharan African countries this figure rises as high as 80%. These businesses therefore play a vital role in providing income for communities, and are a hugely important engine for economic growth and development. 

Our aim is to provide support which creates resilient businesses in countries with a high level of poverty. To date, this has been primarily focused in Africa where we have provided training in 14 different countries. 

In Swaziland

With the support of Comic Relief, we began working in Swaziland in 2010, providing business training for the handcraft sector.

We helped establish a business support network known as SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade), which has a board of experienced business leaders from the local community.

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In Rwanda

We are currently running a campaign to help improve the lives of women in Rwanda, where we have worked for the past eight years. Through delivering practical training and mentoring to ten handcraft co-operatives the project will enable the organisations to become sustainable and provide increased incomes for their producers.

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