Economic Inclusion

The challenge: Around the world, millions of people are locked out of economic opportunity because they don’t have the right tools and resources. This burden is particularly acute for youth and women. Only 63 percent of women aged 25 to 54 participate in the labour force, compared with 94 percent for men. Around the world, it is estimated that 71 million youth are unemployed – and 16 percent of employed youth are considered “working poor.” This exclusion results in hardship at the household level, and slower growth of the global economy.

Our solution: We work on multiple fronts to create opportunities for all to build a more prosperous future. Our programs address a wide spectrum of needs, from community-based savings groups, to financial services and support to women and youth entrepreneurs. We invest in innovative, market-focused initiatives that build the knowledge, skills, and institutional capacities to promote sustainable economic growth in remote or marginalized communities.

Carving out a better life

Several wooden spoons and forks are perched on a table as Fatima puts the finishing touches on another one. Around her, other carpenters are carving signs, measuring material, and smoothing out large pieces of wood for new projects.

Empowering Youth to Climb to the Summit of their Potential

For these young climbers, reaching the top of the ice fall isn’t just about personal achievement – succeeding as a mountaineer means unlocking new opportunities in a region where a steady income can be hard to come by.

Crafting a brighter future for families in Mozambique

Sufo designs and crafts intricate silver jewellery in his workshop and sells the pieces to earn a living for him and his family. He uses his earnings to buy books, school materials, and food.

New opportunities for a new generation in northern Pakistan

Meet Mahayuddin and Aftar Gul, a remarkable duo changing lives in northern Pakistan.