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 2018

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 700,000 people in 15 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.

Our Livelihoods & Economic Opportunities Work in Action

Stepping up for young women

April 24, 2019
In Tanzania, young women are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Working with partners Jhpiego, EngenderHealth and the National Institute for...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To stem child labor in mining, it takes a village

August 30, 2018
When was the last time you thought about the minerals inside your cell phone or laptop? Where did they come from? Who mined them?

Photo story: MyWORTH

June 26, 2018
Technology and the digitization of Pact's signature micro-banking program are empowering young women.

The importance of access: Empowering women through technology in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
For many of the more than 2.5 billion adults who lack access to financial institutions, there are few viable options to save. For the past...
Young woman in Tanzania shows off her phone with the MyWORTH app.

Opening doors for young women in Tanzania

June 26, 2018
It is a hot mid-afternoon in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. You wouldn’t know it looking at the young women gathered in the two-room block...

With new business skills, caregivers of vulnerable Tanzanian children provide for their families

May 21, 2018
Leila Mkere beams as she speaks. The 36-year-old is pleased with herself, and rightly so. She runs two successful businesses, selling...

Pact launches Energy for Prosperity, a global initiative to improve energy access in developing communities

May 2, 2018
Today, Pact announced the launch of a new global initiative called Energy for Prosperity (E4P) to improve energy access in low- and middle-...
A young woman in Tanzania opens the MyWORTH app.

Technology to provide leg-up to rural women

March 8, 2018
One of the key building blocks of resilience is financial stability. When a family member suddenly falls ill, having access to income,...

‘Everything is different now’: With integrated development, Myanmar communities transform

January 23, 2018
The Shae Thot project has addressed villages’ most pressing needs, including health, food security and livelihoods. But its unique,...

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...