Livelihoods

Livelihoods & Economic Opportunities

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

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people with increased net income and savings in 2019

Economic, environmental and social resilience and empowerment are at the core of people's ability to own their future, especially for women, youth and disadvantaged groups.

Pact works hand in hand with the communities we serve, co-creating sustainable responses to improve their livelihood opportunities, resilience, human capital development and access to finance and markets. Our WORTH program, which brings rural women together in small groups to save money, access credit and start small businesses, has reached more than 1,000,000 people in 16 countries. 

We use an integrated approach to holistically prepare families to be resilient to unforeseen shocks. We meet those challenged by poverty where they are, and deliver the tools they need to address root causes, adjust to the often-shifting social and economic landscape around them, and become income-secure.

Learn more about Pact's global Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities+ programming here

Our Livelihoods & Economic Opportunities Work in Action

Daw Kyi Htay is a PGMF client in Myanmar. (Photo: Aung Ba Thu/PGMF)

SIFEM invests USD 8 million in Myanmar

September 14, 2020
This week, the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) provided a USD 8 million loan to PGMF to promote financial inclusion in...

Women Entrepreneurs Act: Lim Kanika

August 31, 2020
Lim Kanika is founder of Sepak, an online sales platform for Cambodian handicraft producers. As a young woman entrepreneur in Cambodia, she...

Amid Covid-19, economic resilience and poverty alleviation are more important than ever

May 8, 2020
Pact has been working to alleviate poverty for almost five decades. During this time, the world has seen significant progress. Over the...

In Cambodia, as Covid-19 adds new burdens for young women entrepreneurs, Pact and USAID move support online

May 4, 2020
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the young women entrepreneurs who Pact supports in Cambodia struggled to keep their businesses...

Pact, U.S. Department of Labor announce new project in Colombian sugar and cut flower sectors

February 13, 2020
The only way that the surprise of flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day gets any sweeter is when they feel as good to give as they do to get...

WE Act and ANDE host Cambodia's first Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Learning and Sharing Forum

January 24, 2020
More than 100 people from 60 organizations in the Cambodian entrepreneurship ecosystem came together to learn from and share with each...

Cobblestone paving in Zambia

January 22, 2020
  In Zambia, Pact is working with communities to boost local employment, economic growth and public infrastructure through responsible...

Quadrupling sales through reliable electricity access

December 12, 2019
Khin Cho Wint lives in a rural village in Myanmar with electricity access supplied through a decentralized mini-grid. She took an interest-...

Photo story: MYCulture

November 13, 2019
Promoting sustainable aquaculture in rural Myanmar

Changing lives though small grants in rural Myanmar

September 3, 2019
The LIFT Dry Zone Small Grant Fund for Civil Society is strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs) and livelihoods systems in nine...