A multifaceted approach to economic development
FICH’s livelihood program tackles the root causes of poverty by addressing problems of access and utilization of available resources. These problems are especially impactful to women's ability to produce and earn income. Therefore our livelihood program focuses on women's empowerment. Activities include: agricultural production, value addition, vocational skills, micro-enterprise initiatives, and entrepreneurship.
In designing livelihood projects, FICH works closely with local communities. By working together we are able to develop strategies that support entire families and encourage an inclusive lift from poverty.
Farmers have access to international organic markets through FICH's commercial farming program
Women are able to save and access small-scale loans through FICH's village savings program
Update from the field
Akoli Lilian, the Treasurer of her village savings group, started her own business by borrowing a loan from the group. Lilian borrowed 20,000 Ush ($5.40) to invest in a soya bean garden and earned 150,000 Ush ($40.54) from her harvest!
Women Empowered in Business (WEB) Soya
WEB Soya (now Karacel Bakery) is a women owned and operated soya flour and bakery social enterprise supported by FICH. Currently, the business employs about 30 women to make soya flour and bake cakes. Profits are then reinvested in the business or placed into a fund in which the women can take out small-scale loans. Read more here.
Vocational Skills Training
FICH has implemented various vocational skills trainings in areas of: tailoring, baking, shoe making, and reusable menstrual pad making.