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Breaking cycles of poverty

Around the world, the impact of extreme poverty on children’s development is devastating. World Vision is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by 2030 so that the most vulnerable children can reach their full potential. Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child helped, four more children benefit, too.

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Productive & Resilient Livelihoods

The Issues

Around the world, the impact of extreme poverty on children’s development is devastating. This is most apparent when considering the relationship between child nutrition and economic wellbeing and vice versa.  It could be further compounded according to predictions that, over the next decade, climate and disaster risk impacts will push an estimated 325 million poor people further into extreme poverty in some of the poorest and most fragile contexts.[1] Poor families face many challenges in their quest to provide a better future for their children. In particular, economic pressure can cause desperate people to resort to solutions that are not in the best interests of their children. These actions sometimes lead to early childhood marriage or other forms of child labour or exploitation.

Our Approach

World Vision is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by 2030 so that the most vulnerable children can reach their full potential. We do this by:

  • Graduating the most vulnerable families out of extreme poverty – so that very poor families become economically self-reliant and have the dignity and means to provide for their own children.
  • Strengthening food production, resilience and access to markets / financial services – so that farmers can produce more, better and more sustainable nutritious food for household consumption and marketing purposes.
  • Promoting sustainable employment opportunities and market systems – so that communities have access to goods, services and employment opportunities through private sector partnerships.
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Building Secure Livelihoods

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Children whose basic needs are being met can look to the future with hope. Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty for the most vulnerable by strengthening families’ capacity to provide well for their children. Most of the world’s extremely poor are smallholder farmers. Our Building Secure Livelihoods approach focuses on equipping and empowering them.

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Every 60 seconds... a family receives the tools to overcome poverty