Sustainable Livelihoods Program

The Need

Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries. 14.4 million of Malawi’s 16 million people live on less than $2 per day. Families desire sustainable livelihoods (to provide an education and basic necessities for their children without support from EKARI), but they do not have access to the training and capital to do so. They lack access to sustainable livelihoods programs.

Our Program

We partner with the local government to help form and provide Village Savings and Loan groups with financial literacy, business management, and agricultural training. We connect the groups with reputable microfinance institutions for loans to expand their businesses.

Through our Sustainable Livelihoods Program, it is our goal that the families of the students we support – two to three years after starting a business – will be able to financially support their child alongside EKARI Foundation, thus decreasing the family’s dependency on EKARI and increasing their self sufficiency.

Our Impact 

Margret’s​ ​children withdrew from school because she​ ​could​ ​not pay tuition. Rather than depend on handouts, Margret took part in EKARI’s ​​training sessions​ where she gained the skills required to become independent. She was an inaugural member of her community’s Village ​Savings and Loan group. She used her savings to purchase resources to start irrigation farming. Margret’s children are now back in school. Her goal is to support them until they graduate from high school!

Program Funding Amount

Annual: $15,000

A one-time contribution of $100 provides 3 days of financial literacy training for 10 community members.

A monthly contribution of $35 provides agricultural or vocational training for 10 community members.

To contribute to our Sustainable Livelihoods Program, click here.

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