A struggle to survive
With less than 20% of the population in formal employment, earning a living in Madagascar requires incredible ingenuity, energy and hard work. In our experience the Malagasy poor are desperate to lift themselves out of poverty but the struggle of daily life makes it impossible for people to save-up even the funds needed to start their own business.
Our partners across the island work with the urban and rural poor to foster enterprise and income-generation. They offer training, small grants, tools, materials and support to thousands of people to help them start their income-generating enterprises.
We support Childrens’ Centres where destitute teenagers learn innovative craft-making skills, using natural and recycled materials, such as this bike made from a discarded can.
Once the young adults are skilled and ready for independence, they are given a start-up grant to set up their own workshop as well as assistance with selling their produce through the centre’s gift shop.
Often issues of overpopulation and unemployment in urban areas are a direct result of the influx of the rural poor into major cities in search of jobs. To enable remote communities to earn sustainable income we fund support schemes in four rural regions.
Our development partners build relationships with communities, responding to local initiatives and training and encouraging would-be entrepreneurs.
Bringing women together in co-operatives reinforces their skills and helps them to lobby for decent prices for their goods. It also enables them to access larger markets to sell their wares. On the East Coast our Partner SAF FATOAM has established co-operatives of craft producers and fruit sellers, who are now producing for both the local and export markets.
Working towards independence
In urban areas Money for Madagascar funds small business creation schemes delivered through community Centres, refuges and outreach workers. These schemes aim to help the homeless and destitute, young offenders, orphans, young mothers and young people with special needs.
By offering training and small grants Money for Madagascar enables society’s poorest people the opportunity to get back on their feet.