Income Generation - Compassion International

Through Compassion's microenterprise program, people living in poverty learn valuable, life-changing skills like the basics of generating income and running a business. Compassion's program covers a variety of aspects of microenterprise, including financial managment, basic business and accounting and credit management. This unique program helps stop the generational cycle of poverty. As parents are able to provide an education for their children, their children are then able to provide for their own families.

When people live in poverty, they often dont have access to even the most basic education and the prospect of learning how to run a business or manage finances is slim. Illiteracy is a common obstacle to microenterprise and income generation.

Compassion's microenterprise program offers them the opportunity to learn a trade that will generate income and enable them so earn a living.

Through the microenterprise and income generation program, Compassion doesn't just provide a quick solution but addresses long term needs for people in poverty. As a donor, you can have a part in this program that is changing lives all over the world.

Income Generation Help Families in Poverty Generate Income

Many families in poverty work 12–15 hours a day in severely underpaying jobs just to keep a roof over their heads. Help a child’s caregiver start their own business today.

How Does Compassion Help?

Compassion helps families break the cycle of poverty by empowering caregivers to create sustainable businesses. Supported by the Income Generation fund, Compassion provides caregivers with:

  • Help identifying a business model
  • Classes and certifications in skills specific to their business
  • Workshops in business management and accounting
  • Training in credit management
  • Connections with microenterprise credit institutions

With the oversight of local Compassion staff, caregivers of Compassion-assisted children may find the opportunity to work on their own, spend more time with their children, and provide more effectively for their family.

82.4% Directly to Program
17.6% Supporting Activities
  • 1 in 6 children around the world work to help support their families
  • 126 million children work in hazardous conditions around the world
  • $2.50 is the daily amount lived on by half of the world’s population



The Income Generation Fund Helps Mothers Like Rajamani Support her Family

Abandoned by her husband, Rajamani began working 15 hour days as a laborer at the local rubber manufacturing plant. Her hard earned money was barely enough to meet her family’s most basic needs.

Rajamani confided in her local Compassion staff about her living conditions, and her daughter Sabitha was soon enrolled in our program. Seeing her ambition, we invited her to join an income-generating program and trained her to start her own business.

Today, Rajamani has quit working at the rubber manufacturing plant and is running her own business as a certified beautician. She is growing her business by also renting out jewelry for weddings and large events. Rajamani’s ambition has even extended to her daughter, who is aspiring to go to college and earn a fashion degree.


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