What We Do: Establishing Livelihoods

All over the world people are stuck in an apparently endless cycle of poverty, with no way to provide for their families, and no way to improve their situation. Those who do have jobs sometimes make less than $1 a day, barely enough to survive.

These hardworking individuals are desperate for a chance to better themselves, and ADRA is giving it to them. ADRA knows that one of the best ways to boost people out of the cycle of poverty is by providing livelihoods. Through small loans of money or livestock, job training, and encouragement, ADRA gives men and women the ability to support themselves and their families.

Changing Lives in Zambia


Since 1985, ADRA’s agriculture projects have linked food production with nutrition and improved health. Knowing that the mind and body need good, nutritious food for optimum health and productivity, ADRA has focused on the growing of vegetables for home consumption and the identification of market needs for growing products to sell.

Seeing the need for diversification, ADRA partnered with a local export company in 2011 and built three drying and processing centers throughout the country to open new markets to local farmers.

Lifting Poverty Through Literacy


ADRA is working in Latvia, a northern Baltic country that celebrated its independence from the Soviet Union 20 years ago. For generations, the Roma population was not allowed to attend school, and quite frankly, most did not see the need for education. Today, many young Roma adults are desperately seeking ADRA’s help in providing a literacy program in the northeast of the country.

Microloans, Major Change


Refugees and displaced people embody a worldwide crisis of suffering that affects more than 42 million individuals. Whether caused by war or economic, man-made, or natural disasters, homelessness increases poverty.

Currently, there are more than 1,000 adults in the ADRA refugee program in Ecuador. And we are doing more than meeting immediate needs. ADRA offers literacy and vocational training to adults who have had to leave everything behind and flee to Ecuador. While we are providing care and training to Colombian refugees living in Ecuador, more is needed. The ADRA Ecuador program would like to begin offering microloans to women who complete the ADRA training programs, who have a clear passion and desire to succeed, and who have the commitment to undertake a small business of their own.

Freedom from Poverty


Every year, it kills more children, women, and men than hurricanes and earthquakes!

Yet extreme poverty is too often ignored. More than 1.2 billion children, women, and men-or approximately 18 percent of the world’s population-live on less than $1.50 a day.

Vegetable gardening is a new concept in Niger, where hungry women and children often eat grass and leaves when there is nothing else to consume. Even when the family has a few cents, there is literally no food to buy. ADRA is teaching women to plant vegetables, first for their family’s consumption, and second for income generation.

Break the Bonds of Extreme Poverty


ADRA’s projects target the root causes of poverty for millions of people and bring change to their communities through providing immediate food supplements and training in gardening skills, clean water and adequate sanitation, and microloans and business skills training. These are just a few of the ways that ADRA is fighting poverty.

You and I are blessed in countless ways. No matter what financial struggles we are facing, life is much more difficult for our sisters in developing nations.

You have the opportunity to free families from the bondage of extreme poverty when you give to ADRA’s programs.

ADRA’s small loan programs give families a chance at independence


ADRA is working to help individuals free themselves from a life of poverty and need.

Your gift makes it possible for ADRA to provide food, medicines and training that lead to a better life. Your gift enables families to move from survival to self-sufficiency!

Surely it is a gift from God Himself that we are able to share His abundant blessings in meeting the needs of others. Each of us can play a role in bringing His grace to those who are hurting, hungry, and helpless.

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Widows Looking Forward


The plight of widows in developing countries is a tragedy that receives very little attention. Groups such as the World Bank are just beginning to study the devastating economic effects that widowhood brings. Too many are forced from their homes when their husband dies.

Because of you, ADRA is making a difference in the lives of widows in Rwanda! Thank you for your faithful support.


Sewing Machines Keep Families Together


We've all heard the proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. As much as possible, ADRA projects are designed to follow this concept, and our initial investment in a community continues to make a difference for a very long time - even if ADRA stops working in an area.

The sewing machines for the Philippines project appeared in the 2006 edition of ADRA's Really Useful Gift Catalog. Private donors enabled an initial distribution of 18 sewing machines. Each woman was required to pay ADRA 550 pesos [$13] a month to repay the loan of the sewing machine. By requesting this, ADRA was able to turn this onetime gift catalog project into a sustainable sewing bank. To date, 120 sewing machines have been distributed over the past five years.

A Sweet Venture


Making sweets brings sweet profits to some women from Aokoie, a Muslim community in Ranong Province, Thailand. The primary occupations in the area are fishing, merchandising and working in the rubber plantations. Vegetable gardens are secondary occupations. A small group of women began making sweets to sell in the village market as a way of earning additional income for their families, with each woman investing 500 baht ($16.87) as business capital. Lacking management skills and using traditional time intensive methods to produce the sweets, their profits were very slow in coming.

Nancy's New Beginning


What will I do now? Thought Nancy as she tossed in her bed. She lay awake in the early morning hours, filled with a sense of loneliness and heartache. After years of a difficult marriage that had produced three beautiful children, her husband had abandoned them.

I have no money and no relatives who can help me. My two boys and beautiful little girl need food, clothes, medicines, and education. The more Nancy thought about this, the more difficult the future seemed to appear.