The most crucial factor in climbing out of poverty is being able to make a living. Whatever someone’s age, race, gender or sexuality, with no access to a reliable income, anyone would struggle to feed and clothe their family. But sometimes, there are extra barriers in a society that block certain people groups from accessing work, or starting and maintaining their own business. And it is these barriers that fuel inequality and injustice.
In the developing communities where we work, women and people with disabilities are dramatically disadvantaged. Social norms, widespread discrimination and lack of education mean that they often struggle to access an income.
We know this isn’t fair. We know that everyone should have access to the same opportunities, and everyone deserves to make a fair living.
We work with women and people with disabilities to make sure that they have the skills they need to get a job or launch a successful business. We work with organisations, decision makers and authorities, both locally and nationally, to tackle the causes of the social stigma that blocks them from accessing work in the first place. And we ensure they have the confidence to make money, challenge injustice and change their futures for the better.
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The disability stigma experienced by many women with disabilities in developing communities is doubly compounded by their gender. We focus on working with them because we know that everyone has the right to earn a living, and a stable income is the quickest route out of poverty.
For many people in developing countries, formal employment is not an option. That’s why so many people turn to small-scale production and enterprise to provide for themselves and their families.
We work together with local organisations to tackle the social and physical barriers that block people from making a living.
Wheelchair basketball player and small business owner Victorine Guissou is challenging perceptions in her home town of Koudougou.