The Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship Program promotes the economic independence of ultra-poor individuals, specifically women. We work directly with entrepreneurs, artisans and smallholder farmers to sustainably grow their businesses. Our participants are provided with skills training and interest free business loans. To leverage assets and resources participants are organized into associations working together to improve their livelihoods and communities.
These associations also serve as a platform for peer-to-peer learning where participants share their skills and knowledge with one another. We also connect our associations with international partners as a means for increasing participants’ income. Ultimately, our participants become empowered to invest in themselves, their families and communities.
women artisans have established their associations and have received group funding
stores worldwide have sold products made by women artisans in the Association of Women Tie-Dyers Project