Livelihoods

Livelihoods

Empowering women and girls

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Hope Shop

R11 000

Sewing Machine

R3 000

Goat

R2 600

A Sustainable Way Out of Poverty

Women and girls continue to be worst affected by poverty.

So many people living in poor communities possess the skills and enthusiasm to generate an income for themselves but lack the opportunity to put this into practice.

Women and young girls are often more likely to live in poverty than men usually because they spend more time doing household chores and looking after their families rather than accessing an education. Without education and proper qualifications, they cannot secure well-paying work and so are forced to survive on less than the bare minimum.

At Muslim Hands, we don't think women should be unfairly priced out of the job market. Instead, we are inspired by our faith in empowering as many women and girls as possible to be independent and support themselves and their communities. After all, we strongly believe that everyone has a right to share in the wealth given by God.

Our livelihoods include sustainable and long-term projects such as hope shops for widows, livestock distributions, and vocational training for important skills like sewing.

Empower women and young girls with a future of hope

Livelihoods

Vocational Training and Sewing Kit Distribution in Niger

33 year old Aishatou Abdou is a widowed mother of 7 who started sewing training at our vocational training center in Niamey, Niger. In addition to learning how to sew, women like Aishatou also learn basic business skills, enabling them to sell their goods.

Prior to enrolling, Aishatou sold dishes to generate an income, barely earning enough to provide for her family. Since starting at the center nearly two years ago, she is hopeful that she will finally be able to support her family. She plans to sell clothes for children between the ages of 1-10, traditional and non-traditional, changing the type based on the customer’s needs. 

After buying fabric from a local market she gets to work at her home-based workshop.

Since being gifted a sewing machine, she hopes that one day she’ll be able to open a bigger workshop in an area with lots of foot traffic.

With your support, we can help transform the lives of so many more women struggling in poverty. By equipping them with the tools and education they need to develop skills, so they can provide for their families with dignity and respect. 

Sewing Machine

Hope Shops for Struggling Widows

33-year old Roqaya is a mother of 4 children; she lost her fifth child, Abdulwadoud, to malaria when he was only 9. Roqaya lost her husband while she was still pregnant with her youngest, since then she has moved in with her mother-in-law; Faitbelco.

Fatibelco worked as a nurse treating foreigners, earning enough money to buy a house so that she, her 5 children, and 20 grandchildren could live. Now that she is older, she has been worried about being able to provide for Roqaya and her grand-children.

Thanks to a generous gift from a donor, we were able to provide Royaqa with her very own Hope Shop, where she will sell local goods, produce, and pantry staples to her community, allowing her to earn a modest income so that she can support her family.

A Hope Shop can change the lives of women like Royaqa and Faitbelco for years to come, allowing them the ability to look after themselves and their children without worrying about making ends meet. 

Hope Shop

Muslim Hands ZA

Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.