Filtered by: Livelihoods <Back to previous page ‘A self-help group has helped to make my family’s poverty history’Life for Regatu and her family in a village near the city of Adama, in Central Ethiopia, was once comfortable when her husband used to work in a… ‘We are young. We have the power to change our community.’A young man in Bangladesh is raising up tomorrow’s leaders on a diet of homegrown food and business skills. ‘We were here before the disaster, we were here during the disaster and we are here after the disaster.’The power of the church The quote in our title is from a pastor in Honduras, speaking after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. He points out that while others… 6 top tips to protect livelihoods from disastersDisasters affect nearly all aspects of life, but particularly livelihoods. Sometimes the damage done to people’s ability to earn an income is a… 7 common reasons why some businesses failJust having a good idea and motivation is no guarantee of success. Here are a seven of the most common reasons why businesses can fail: 7 ways to support youth movements which change the worldAcross the world young people are rising up. They are demanding action on the environmental destruction, poverty and injustice that threaten their… 9 key steps to a successful businessEveryone deserves the opportunity to earn a livelihood, provide for their family and support their communities. Jobs and economic opportunities are a… A journey towards wholeness: ‘The best 10 weeks of my life so far’Youth unemployment is a huge problem in Nigeria. Half of the country’s population is under the age of 30, and the public sector cannot absorb the… A prophet’s reward: ‘Six chickens and Elisha revived my dream to sew again’For most of her life Mrs Thembani Masilela hadn’t given much thought to chickens. As a woman who grew up in rural areas she was brought up to ensure… Advocacy - communicating with people in power - good practice guide Bee Happy – now the church is buzzingThe 2015 earthquakes devastated communities across Nepal. As well as the sad loss of life, the quake destroyed infrastructure and livelihoods in many… Breaking the economic chains of SGBVEmpowering women economically can make them less vulnerable to SGBV. Can markets help build resilience of pastoralists against drought?In Kenya, pastoralists’ communities live in some of the harshest environments and their livelihoods have been severely hit by recurring droughts. Chickens and conversation help women unite in divided DRC communityA group of women from Goma in DRC lived in a divided community. They suffered from poverty and marginalisation, and there was a climate of mistrust… Church programme brings harmony into the homeKadiatu Mansaray and her husband, Sarrah Mansaray, were known to community members as the couple who always argued with each other. They lived in the… Combatting poverty with the orange-fleshed sweet potatoby Dr Petros Nyakunu. Vitamin A is a very important micro-nutrient which we all need to be healthy. Vitamin A deficiency is common in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia because of high rates of malnutrition... Empowering women in north-east BrazilTearfund’s partner Diaconia helped women in Brazil to achieve economic success and gain a voice. Article includes tasty recipes! Enterprising couple are an inspiration to villagers in IndiaBoth Kandhi Gound and his wife, Rukman, have been living with disabilities since birth. They live with their son in a village in central India and… Five steps to help prisoners make a fresh start on the outsideWhen prisoners are released at the end of their sentence, starting a new life outside the prison gates can be incredibly challenging. Many… Fruit for every seasonA local NGO in one of the Central Asian republics provided training for people wanting to learn how to dry fruit... Fruitful training brings hope and joy to cocoa farmers in Ivory CoastAward-winning British chocolatier Will Torrent will be pleased to know that chocolate consumption around the world is on the rise. The latest figures… God wastes nothing: inspiration from BrazilMeet Claudio Oliver, an environmentalist and pastor from Brazil who shared his experiences of urban farming in an interview with the Editor for Footsteps... Grain gains – teff flatbread business grows out of self-help groups in EthiopiaI peer into darkness. I’m trying to see who is in this hut and what is going on, but there’s lots of smoke obscuring my view. Gradually, I make out… How clean water has transformed a village in Nepal In the Surkhet district of Nepal lies the village of Gadi. The village was one of the least developed in the area, so the community struggled to… How cows are catalysts for hope in Rwanda How do you start to bring together survivors of genocide with those who perpetrated the violence? Even for the most sensitive and diplomatic of… How crickets are jump-starting community change in CambodiaFresh hope has sprung from an unexpected source in rural Cambodia – cricket farming. While following an exciting church and community initiative,… How drama is ‘breaking the chains’ for boys from BrazilIn Brazil, children go to prison from the age of 12. Tragically, most of them are back in prison within a month of being released. After many years… How HIV affects livelihoods - activity In Brazil, the water finally flowsMoises Frausino da Silva has faced many droughts in his lifetime and lived much of his life with a lack of water. He is a father of 11 children and… Is your government prepared to protect you from a typhoon or earthquake?The tsunami in Sulawesi in Indonesia, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, Hurricane Florence in the USA, and the floods in Kerala, India, have… LettersMotor-pump irrigation I am the coordinator of a local organisation which works with small farmers on market gardening. For years we have been using watering cans to water our vegetables, although with some difficulty. Linking climate, environment, food, water and disasters - activity Love inspires a young man to help build a churchI have heard a lot of transformational stories, but none has been quite so engaging as Albert’s. We met Albert on a field visit to Good News Baptist… Making a zeer pot fridgeIn Sudan, zeer pots are exactly what communities need to find a way out of poverty. Decades of fighting have displaced hundreds of thousands of families. Forced to abandon their land and their livelihoods, they are doing their best to start again... Meet the married E-guards who play a key role in cleaning up their communityMumtaz and Beenish are in their sixties. In fact, they are not quite sure of their exact ages. But they are sure about their love for their community… Power to the people: how one woman brought light to her community When Betty invested her self-help group loan in a solar panel she did more than just connect her village to electricity — she connected them to each… Processing tomatoesTomatoes are grown all over the world. During the harvest, most farmers sell them at very low prices, because they spoil very quickly. Many tomatoes also go to waste because they cannot be sold in time... Protecting livelihoods from disastersHelpful livelihoods advice for people living in areas at risk of disasters. Q&A with Ashraf Mall, Country Director, Tearfund PakistanAshraf has worked for Tearfund for more than ten years. He steps down next month to take up a role with the Pakistan Partner Initiative working with… Q&A with Vincent Moyo, Country Director, Tearfund MalawiOur series of Q&As with country directors continues with Vincent Moyo, who has worked for Tearfund in Malawi since 2006. He shares his thoughts on… Radical changes make farmer Ben an inspiration to young AfricansI must admit, I was quite tired. That is after spending five hours on the road in a minibus from Nairobi to Kericho in Kenya. I then had a few… Restoring hope to displaced farming communities in NigeriaThe Global Forum on Church and Poverty inspired me to begin to see Nigeria in the light of Jubilee. This, in turn, prompted me to start to fully… Revealing climate change - information for facilitators Revealing environmental degradation - information for facilitators Review of Footsteps 109: YouthThe cover of the new Footsteps magazine is full of hope. It features nine young people from all corners of the globe and makes me curious to know the… Rising up to inspire other women in DRC‘It was decided because I was the eldest girl, I would not go to school like my brothers,’ says Birungi. ‘Instead I should stay at home to look after… Saving together succeeding togetherby Mulugeta Dejenu.‘You will never make it’ are the words that 30-year-old Zenebech Tesfaye recalls hearing when she joined the Yenegefire (Tomorrow’s Fruit) self-help group and planned to save 1 birr (US $0.05) per week. ‘They laughed, they teased and made all sorts of funny comments, but I decided not to listen to them and instead continue saving.’ Setting up shop with a little self-help from my friendsIn Afghanistan, women and girls often have few opportunities to work or develop a livelihood. Self-help groups bring together local women who meet on… Starting a chicken business in MaliFinding a job in Mali is not easy so, like many young people, Justin Traoré hoped to start a business of his own. However, starting a business… Story telling - good practice guide Sustainable farming helps family face climate change in EthiopiaIn recent years, climate change has meant Abebech* and her husband have faced some hard times. They are farmers in the village of Offa Esho Kebele in… Toxins in the food chainCompiled by Claire Hancock. Food safety is often a forgotten aspect of food security. Globally much effort has been placed on increasing the quantity of food rather than the safety of food. But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 25 per cent of the world’s crops are affected by the problem of aflatoxin contamination... Value chains in KenyaRead how Farm Concern International helped farmers in Kenya to boost their profits. Why do women earn less than men?What barriers exist to women’s economic empowerment, and how can these be overcome?