Living on less than $1.25 a day

Worldwide, 1.3 billion people are living on less than $1.25 a day. When you’re that far behind, it’s hard to get ahead. That’s why Islamic Aid facilitates savings groups, improve market development, and provide skills training access to micro-finance, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

Bringing hope for a better life

Islamic Aid has been supporting the livelihoods of the poorest people in developing countries for over 12 years. We want people to be able to earn a living in a sustainable way, so they can feed their families. A large part of this work is ensuring that people have access to safe and nutritious food.

There are many reasons why a family can lose an income; illness or death of the breadwinner or the loss of land or livestock. Islamic Aid helps put families back on the road to a normal life. Through our training projects we teach young people skills like computing and welding. Islamic Aid provides families with farming and business advice as well as small, interest-free loans so that they can start to earn a living with dignity. It is often all it takes to help put an entire family back on the road to recovery.

More than earning a living

When Islamic Aid first partners with a community, we work to address the basic needs — like food, water, healthcare, and education. Then Islamic Aid can address more complex community needs, such as skill training, community-managed savings and loan groups, and micro-finance to fuel the local economy.

We train those in need to grow their business, improve farming methods, and work together to form cooperatives. This helps parents become better providers for their children. And those children grow up better nourished, better educated, and better equipped to break the cycle of poverty.

Put simply, “livelihoods” does not just mean a person’s ability to earn a living, it’s about everything that has an impact on a person’s life. Islamic Aid livelihoods programmes target the poorest people. They have two core elements: providing food so people can survive and then enabling people to support themselves in the long-term.

Promoting self-sufficiency

Islamic Aid focus is on ensuring that people have better access to food. This means providing the tools, knowledge and training to enable people to become more self-sufficient. Another important part of Islamic Aid work is ensuring that goods can be sold at a fair price. We do this by improving access to markets for the farmers we work with.

Empowering lives

Islamic Aid empowers people by training them to grow their own food or build alternative livelihoods. Islamic Aid works with communities to reduce their vulnerability to droughts and flooding, improve their access to water and generate more income so they can support their families. In poor rural areas, Islamic Aid invests in sustainable farming methods such as crop rotation and livestock management to improve yields without depleting natural resources.

Zakat and sadaqah giving a future free of poverty

To Islamic Aid donors, these programmes means that they can see their zakat (zakah), sadaqah and other donations helping people not just with their immediate needs but also a future free of poverty.