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

With vocational training, a beautiful new

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,

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

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

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

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

October 17, 2016
Pact is using integrated development to build food security, resilience and local capacity in Myanmar.
Florentina Nason with her fellow WORTH group members.

In the face of disease, WORTH helps

September 30, 2016
For Florentina Nason, the support of her fellow WORTH group members has made all the difference in her life and hope for the future.

In rural Nepal, Pact is using integrated

September 29, 2016
The Sajhedari Bikaas project is solving longstanding development challenges in one of the poorest parts of the world by combining...

From barely surviving to thriving: A

September 21, 2016
Kelemie Getnet and Zewudnesh Nuri are both mothers of three school-aged children. Though they are separated by hundreds of miles, each...

Amid deforestation & land disputes,

September 1, 2016
With the country’s deforestation rate now estimated to be the fifth worst in the world, Pact is helping Cambodia to conserve its trees –...