Sustainable Livelihoods

women carrying a hoe in a field

Empower and Save Lives


Empower and save lives

Many people in the world don’t get the head-start in life that we take for granted. It’s hard to provide for your family with the education, healthcare and livelihood that you never had.

At Human Appeal, we are determined to help break that cycle with our innovative sustainable livelihoods projects. Help us to empower some of the world’s most marginalized communities with small-scale businesses.

From beekeeping to vocational training centres, from planting olive trees, to providing women with sewing businesses,

We run projects that improve livelihood prospects – indirectly, by improving access to clean water so that people don’t have to spend hours collecting it, and by improving education for the next generation – and directly, with integrated, sustainable projects that provide long-term livelihoods.

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Our work so far

Since last year, we’ve provided 150 Syrians and Jordanians with training in business and sewing or cooking. In Pakistan, we helped 2,420 people hit by drought to recover their livelihoods by installing water pumps and providing livestock and drought-resistant crops. We’re currently providing jobs to 265 Iraqis, who are building greenhouses that we’ll later help them to lease to grow food. In Gaza, we’re helping female graduates to launch agricultural businesses that combat the water crisis, and we are training young, deaf people to become carpenters.

Over the coming months in Mosul, Iraq, your donations will provide small business grants to business owners who lost their assets in the conflict, and, in Somalia, we’ll be helping 1,200 vulnerable farmers in drought-hit Southern Somalia to restore their livelihoods by providing them with 27 kilograms of drought-resistant seeds.

Fozia with her sewing machine

Sewing a Future

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.”

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