Tightly linked to every facet of people's lives, Pact's livelihoods work gives people with limited livelihoods choices the tools and skills needed to earn a dignified living.



people with increased net income and savings in 2016

Our goal is to ensure that people with limited livelihood choices gain the resources to be income secure. Our livelihood development programs use an integrated approach to holistically prepare families to be resilient to unforeseen shocks and able to provide for the needs of their families today and tomorrow.  Our approach is to meet poor families and communities where they are, and deliver the tools they need to address the root causes of poverty and adjust to the often-shifting social and economic landscape around them.

Zuhura was forced into a polygamous marriage at a young age. As the last of her husband’s six wives and many children, she has struggled to provide for the needs of her six children. Through Pact’s household economic strengthening programming for vulnerable households in Tanzania, Zuhura and her children’s’ future have never looked brighter. Zuhura has been able to open her own business and send her children to school while planning for the future.

“WORTH has saved the lives of my children. Through the loans I was receiving from my group I was able to start my small business of selling vegetables, poultry and now my tailoring business. I am not afraid of the future of my children. My children are going to school just like any other children in my village…One day I am going to buy my own plot and build a house for my children.”

Our livelihood development programs help people like Zuhura to help themselves as they build their assets, save, plan and expand their own livelihood strategies to secure a firmer financial footing for the long term. Pact also builds the capacity of local institutions, agencies, networks, and service providers, to better respond to the needs of the individuals they aim to serve. 

Our livelihood programs focus on the following areas: food security, women's economic empowerment, child labor, financial services, OVC household economic strengthening and mining.

Our Livelihoods Work in Action

‘If people cannot eat, we will never succeed’: How integrated development is saving Liberia’s forests

April 10, 2017
With some of the richest biodiversity on the planet, Liberia's forests must be preserved. But for communities who depend on them for a...

Pact and GIA helping artisanal women miners in Tanzania build better livelihoods

April 6, 2017
Pact and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) are giving artisanal women miners in Tanzania valuable knowledge and information that is...

In Liberia, WORTH groups share their success with less fortunate neighbors

March 22, 2017
Not long ago, Vera Dolo considered herself in need of charity. Now she's the one helping struggling families.

‘I never had this idea before’: In Liberia, using entrepreneurship to improve lives & forests

March 22, 2017
Patricia Wantoe never earned income before joining a Pact WORTH group. Today, her business is supporting her family, and she's no longer...

With vocational training, a beautiful new future in Nepal

January 31, 2017
Subhadra Rokka always wanted to open her own beauty shop. After joining a Pact-supported youth group, she did.

For a dedicated mother in Vietnam, entrepreneurship is the key to success

January 5, 2017
After a Caesarean section, Pham Ngoc Yen’s savings was drained. With Pact's help, she's now saving for the future.

WORTH’s Global Impact: Empowering Women from Africa to Asia

December 13, 2016
Twenty years after Pact started its first WORTH group in Nepal, the community banking and empowerment model has transformed the lives of...
WORTH women in Tanzania

For Pact WORTH members, formal banking boosts incomes and resilience

November 18, 2016
There is an excited buzz in the air as more than 50 women, some with young children in tow, gather in an open field outside a school in...

‘I have seen the light’: With Pact’s help, a Ugandan fighter puts down his weapons

November 8, 2016
Now a member of the Kaabong Peace Ambassadors, a Pact support group for reformed warriors, Peter Acia is remaking a life of peace and...

For Myanmar’s rural poor, integrated development plants seeds of change

October 17, 2016
Pact is using integrated development to build food security, resilience and local capacity in Myanmar.