The furniture made by this craftsman will be displayed for sale at his school in Jacmel, Haiti. The school was built by a local partner with financial support from CIDA.
Women practise assembling engines. They are taking part in a training project in Sri Lanka designed to reduce poverty and promote equality between women and men. Those who find work often see their income increase tenfold!
Cooks in Haiti prepare mangoes to make juice, preserves and other products. The jobs allow them to earn an income as they actively participate in the life of society.
A farmers' cooperative in Bolivia invested in a new crop—oregano—to break the cycle of poverty. Success! It is now one of the leading producers and exporters of oregano in South America.
A woman in Northern Ghana has gained new skills and a sense of self-sufficiency thanks to a small micro-finance scheme. In an area of the country where jobs were few, she obtained a low-interest loan and some training in pig raising. Now her income from sales not only helps her and her family survive, it also helps boost the local economy.
Women get together to talk about micro-finance. With a small loan, they can start a business and improve their lives. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas: more than 70 percent of its people live below the poverty line.
A greenhouse prospers in the mountains of Peru, thanks to cooperation between local and Canadian organizations.
Women entrepreneurs in a Northern Ghanaian village proudly display textiles, foodstuffs and shea butter they are selling. Through credit from a micro-enterprise project, they bought the required materials and learned about shea butter production, retailing, fabric dyeing and food production. Their increased family income has brought about better childcare and education, and these women now actively participate in decision-making in their homes and in their businesses.
A woman weaves a carpet at a loom in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of an income-generating project. Looms and raw materials are supplied, and the women create the richly coloured carpets in the ancient Afghan tradition. Money from the sales repays the loans, and is invested in their families' wellbeing. Addressing the needs of Afghan women is critical in this country where war has left many women widowed, and in need of employable skills and income.
A Vietnamese woman spins coconut fibre. She is taking part in a rural project funded by CIDA, the purpose of which is to provide job opportunities for disadvantaged people, including women and members of ethnic minorities.