EMPOWERING FAMILIES and communities

Dried oysters sold in the marketplace

Dried oysters sold in the marketplace

Villagers working on a seed bank in Kembia. Sierra Leone

Villagers working on a seed bank in Kembia. Sierra Leone

Our income generation initiatives form the fulcrum of our support model, based on the understanding that offering families the opportunity to generate their own income, and be self-sufficient, is crucial to their ability to send their children to school with full bellies, ready for learning, and live a healthy, economically resilient future.

Our teams provide families living in urban areas with business grants and loans so they can set up or grow a sustainable business. As well as a financial input, we typically provide business training, planning support, mentoring, and access to an incentivized savings schemes. We also provide families in rural areas with enough seed to farm that they can both feed themselves and sell surplus for profit.

Since 2009 we have supported over 15,000 families through these models, and over 90 per cent of those families are still managing to fund their children’s education.

RURAL FARMING SCHEMES

To help make schools themselves sustainable, we also offer a seed-lending scheme for rural communities, helping villages to build and maintain local schools, and pay teachers, through collective farming.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

It costs just $30 a month for a year to set up a family in business so they can afford the cost of educating their children. With your help, we can transform the lives of more families.

STORIES FROM OUR WORK

Street Child are supporting families to set up businesses so they afford the costs of sending their children to school.

MANU, MAMIE AND NANCY, THE THREE WIVES CARING FOR 26 CHILDREN

Manu, Mamie, and Nancy are the three wives of hospital worker Foday Tommy. Foday, the family’s main breadwinner, died during the Ebola epidemic, and the three women have been left looking after 26 children between them - some biologically theirs, and others whom they have adopted.

The mothers received a business grant from Street Child, and have started selling pepper, okra, palm oil, and vegetables.

Manu: ‘It is only recently that the children have stopped crying. The grant is a source of courage to me - it helps reduce worry. The business is growing gradually but it’s still tough when you have this many children and you have no husband. Life is still tough for us, but I’m glad our children are in school because, at the end of the day, it’s the children that can make their story a different one.’

Street Child are empowering families to set up businesses so they can lift themselves out of poverty

FATU SAAH, THE SINGLE MOTHER WHO HAS BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSWOMAN

Fatu Saah is a single mother. She is caring for eight children, including three nieces and nephews, after her brother and sister passed away during Ebola. 

With the help of Street Child she has set up a sustainable business selling wholesale palm oil. Street Child helped her to expand her business and gave her training on savings methods. Since then her business has been so successful she has been able to save enough to build a new shop! With the profits from her business, she is able to send her children to school.

“Street Child has lifted the burden. They have made our lives change.”