Economic Empowerment and Market linkages
WEMIHS supports vulnerable households to increase their resilience and better cope with the impacts of poverty and illness. Vulnerable families especially those caring for children often have few assets, limited savings, and struggle to meet their household needs.
WEMIHS strengthens the economic activities of vulnerable women and men so that they can build up their assets, savings and skills to provide the necessities for their families. Once families have built up their economic activities to a point where they are meeting their basic needs, WEMIHS supports her beneficiaries to move into market production so they can increase their incomes b y running profitable micro-enterprises. The money they make can grow their businesses, keep their children in school, provide medicine to keep the family healthy and meet other household needs.
WEMIHS’ integrated and holistic programming creates transformative change by supporting the social
inclusion and economic empowerment of vulnerable households and community groups to:
- Increase household nutrition and food security for year-round access to healthy and nutritious food; either by producing their own crops or purchasing additional food supplies
- Build up household resilience by increasing household assets to improve the lives of vulnerable families
- Promote group savings and inclusive access to credit to grow their economic activities.
- Support the development of micro-enterprises and provide gender-appropriate business management training
- Support farmers to increase their productivity and connect to new markets
- Increase access to market information so producers can get higher profits for their goods
- Build the capacity of community groups to advocate and respond to community needs
- Strengthen community support structures for action and advocacy
- Create linkages to relevant government departments and institutions
- Support policies that meet the needs of vulnerable women and men.