Pact's livelihoods work creates systems-level change, and it gives people affected by poverty and marginalization the the tools and skills they need to become heard, capable and vibrant.



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 those challenged by poverty where they are, and deliver the tools they need to address root causes 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

The FISH project in Malawi

December 19, 2017
The fish in lakes Chilwa, Chiuta, Malombe, and Malawi are a precious natural resource and the pride of Malawi. The Fisheries Integration of...
Dickson Boumono, a WORTH participant in Nigeria

With better financial footing, families able to make health gains in Nigeria

October 11, 2017
Dickson Boumono has her hands full with five children. Boumono and her family live in Southern Ijaw, an area in Bayelsa, one of Nigeria’s...
A miner in Democratic Republic of Congo carries materials.

Pact and Microsoft expand fight against child labor in Congo mining

August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, Pact and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of...

Building resilient communities in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

August 24, 2017
In Vietnam's Mekong Delta region, women have the tools and resources they need to own their future because of a partnership between Pact...
Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.

Government of Netherlands Special Envoy on Natural Resources visits Pact in Goma

July 10, 2017
On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The...

For women who mine gemstones in Tanzania, knowledge is economic power

April 25, 2017
Last year, as part of its Mines to Markets program, Pact launched a partnership with Gemological Institute of America to test a new rough...

‘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...