Many people in the world don’t get the head-start in life that we take for granted. It’s hard to support your family when you have grown up without access to education, healthcare and opportunities to make a living. It’s hard to provide your children with the education you never had.
At Human Appeal, we are determined to help break that cycle with our innovative sustainable livelihoods projects. From apiaries to vocational training centres, from planting olive trees, to providing women with sewing businesses, we’ve been supporting some of the world’s most marginalised communities to empower themselves through small-scale businesses. Here are just some of the ways you can help to break the cycle of poverty.
Seventeen-year-old Fozia has lived with a disability since birth. In her small agricultural village, the quality of education and healthcare is poor.
Fozia’s father died when she was ten, with only her mother and 16-year-old brother to care for her. The family sold their belongings to pay for Fozia’s education but still it was not enough and eventually, Fozia had to leave school.
Her brother tried to earn a living to support the family, but it was a struggle, and Fozia wanted to help. She attended a sewing training course for six months at a government institute and once she finished, Human Appeal provided Fozia with a sewing machine.
Now Fozia is able to support her mother and brother by sewing clothes for her family and neighbours. Despite the hardship Fozia has faced, she has high hopes for the future. She told us, “I am confident that one day I will have a shop and that I’ll be the first women entrepreneur of my clan.”