Income Generation

Our international work is divided into six themes: Anti-Trafficking, Clean Water, Emergency Response, Food Security, Gender Justice and Income Generation. We work alongside communities to support projects in each of these areas. We are also responsible for overseeing the transfer of funds for the UK’s Mission Support Allocation (money donated through the annual Self-Denial Appeal).

We support a number of Income Generation projects such as micro-credit in China, self-help groups in Kenya, and village savings and loans groups in Tanzania to help communities to use their skills and locally-available resources to lift themselves out of poverty.

Salvation Army teaching literacy skills in Burkina Faso
Teaching literacy skills in Burkina Faso
I am now hopeful that I can soon start making soap at my home and sell in the market to earn some income to support my family.
Delphine, Project Participant, Burkina Faso

Current projects

Soap Making and Literacy Training, Burkina Faso

In Poessin, Burkina Faso – a small village, characterised by mud houses and dry dusty roads - The Salvation Army is working alongside women to equip and empower them to become self-reliant through income-generating activities. The Salvation Army’s Literacy and Skills Training Centre in the village is home to numerous activities to help women gain the skills they need to support their families. We provide literacy training to women who have never attended formal schooling, as well as health education and livelihood skills including soap-making. Selling handmade soap not only provides income for the women but, as it is affordable for local people, it is boosting hygienic practices within the community.

Salvation Army self-help group Kenya
I thank God because we have gone somewhere. We pay rent without difficulty. We can get food for our children. If we didn’t join this group, I think things would have been even tougher for us.
Jephreys, Self-Help Group Member, Kenya

Savings and Loans Groups, Kenya

In the urban slums of Nairobi, Kenya, every day is a struggle for survival. But individuals are joining together to form community self-help groups to overcome poverty. As part of the group, members regularly contribute small amounts of money to build up a communal fund. They can then each take loans from this shared pot to start or expand their business, or pay for unexpected costs. More than 60 groups are running in Nairobi, reaching 1,200 members and their families.

The Salvation Army is training individuals in business management, accounting, marketing, healthcare and anti-human trafficking helps to improve opportunities, grow confidence, generate income and strengthen resilience within the whole community.



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