Building livelihoods

Usha stands inside her petty shop in Kothara village, India.

Our impact last year

  • 91k people with disabilities supported to improve their livelihood opportunities

People with disabilities in poor communities often find it difficult to earn a living because they can’t access education or training, face prejudice and discrimination or cannot access resources or loans to get started.

CBM programmes improve access to employment, training and working rights for disabled people, providing training and support to help them get a job or start their own business.

Disability, livelihoods and unemployment

  • In every country in the world, people with disabilities have higher rates of unemployment than anyone else.
  • In some countries, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is as high as 80%, putting them among the poorest 15 – 20% of the world’s population.
  • Excluding disabled people from the labour market is damaging for all of society, for example failing to include people with disabilities in Bangladesh was calculated to lead to an economic loss of US$234 million per year.

How we help

CBM helps people with disabilities to earn a living by:

  • Offering training in vocational and life skills;
  • Helping people with disabilities to build their confidence and see themselves as active members of their communities, through one-to-one support from trained outreach workers;
  • Providing start-up resources to help people set up businesses, such as small loans or equipment like a sewing machine or computer.

In action

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Building livelihoods through organic farming

Many people with disabilities and their families in India struggle to earn a living. This life-changing programme…

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Changing lives through livelihoods

When people with disabilities can build secure livelihoods, they can escape poverty, support their families and also…

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Transforming lives

Eje sits at a computer that is in the shop that he owns thanks to ELIM in Nigeria.

Eje

“I never mind what people say about me anymore provided I get to where I want, because of the encouragement I received from Elim staff, who always go beyond people’s expectations.”

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Pooja from India has learning difficulties. His father is being trained in organic farming.

Pooja

“Now I don’t have to worry about owing money. I am free from debt, and I can save some money to pay for Pooja’s medicine and appointments.”

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Rajesh was paralyzed from birth and is now is an organic farmer.

Rajesh

“I have always tried to help with the farming, but my abilities were not recognised in the family, or in the wider community… Now I have respect from them. They see me as a person, a successful person.”

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News

Delegates from CBM UK training session in Scotland trailing out the HHOT app.
9th Feb 2017

CBM trains Scottish NGOs in disability-inclusive emergency response

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Blog

Rassi is 18 and has a physical impairment as a result of Malaria. She has received physiotherapy, vocational training as a sewer and equipment to start her business in her home village. She is now a successful businesswoman - and is also starting teaching others to become sewers.
2nd Sep 2016

Let's take a bigger leap for women with disabilities and economic empowerment

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