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Economic Development

Our Approaches

Why our Livelihoods programmes work

Ending cycles of poverty is at the heart of our approach to helping the most vulnerable families lift themselves out of poverty for good.

Our work addresses the underlying causes of child poverty, food/nutrition insecurity, vulnerability to climatic events, and lack of access to markets and financial services. We help people build the knowledge, skills, and resources.

Our approaches ensure that:

• Children are well nourished and free of hunger;

• Families have resilient livelihoods, income, and assets

• Parents support their children’s education and have the financial resources to provide it

• Adolescents develop hope and skills for a productive future

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Core Project Model

Building Secure Livelihoods

We focus on strengthening families’ ability to build a secure livelihood both on and off farm business enterprises in order to gain more nutritious food and a regular income to meet their children’s basic needs. Disasters often push families backward so we encourage them to build resilience by saving and managing water and natural resources more effectively.

This project model is an integrated livelihoods approach targeted at poor rural households with dependent children living on less than $1.90 per day. The aim of this model is to build secure and resilient livelihoods through a 3 – 5 year programme so that parents and caregivers can provide sustainably for their children.

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Core Project Model

Savings for Transformation

Savings for Transformation is an approach being used by over six million active participants, many of whom are women, to facilitate savings and credit in a small-scale and sustainable way. This project model instils hope and contributes to child well-being by enabling community members to plan ahead, cope with household emergencies, develop their livelihoods and invest in the health and education of their children.

Savings groups are owned, managed and operated by the members, using a simple, transparent method whereby groups accumulate and convert small amounts of cash into savings. They are community led and therefore, highly sustainable.

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We work with community members to develop relevant skills for them to bring into the workplace. This not only provides a potential and sustainable livelihood for the future but also instils hope and aspirations for a better life. Our microfinance arm, VisionFund, works with potential employers by providing small loans to promote market and employment opportunities.

Microfinance is part of the comprehensive Livelihoods sector approach to strengthen and secure livelihoods of rural households so they can provide sustainably for their children. 

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Ultra-Poor Graduation

Our intensive two-year programme called ‘Ultra-Poor Graduation’ equips the most vulnerable families to be self-reliant once World Vision has moved on to help others. We provide access to temporary food and cash assistance, savings for transformation, training, and marketing expertise to help families’ start a small business or access employment. Families also learn about health, nutrition, and hygiene practices to ensure that economic gains are translated into better care for their children. 

The Ultra-Poor Graduation model identifies individuals living in extreme poverty and provides them with basic resources, financial education, technical training, life skill coaching, and social support so that they can “graduate” from the programme with food security and sustainable sources of income.

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Women's Economic Empowerment

Women's economic empowerment (WEE) is central to realising World Vision's mission 'for every child, life in all its fullness'. When women are stable financial contributors to a household, investments in children's health and education increase. Therefore, WEE is a key supporting approach of our Livelihoods work where women can benefit alongside men.

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Livelihoods Technical Library

Take a look at our latest Livelihoods resources and programmatic tools