Economic Inclusion

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In low-income countries, people with disabilities are often denied access to education, training opportunities, and loans, making it impossible for them to earn a living. This condemns people with disabilities and their families to a perpetuating cycle of poverty.

Handicap International promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in decent, income-generating employment to break the cycle of poverty, contribute to the overall development of a country, and boost the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. The organization and its partners take a variety of approaches to helping people with disabilities earn a living.

Vocational training

Handicap International’s supports training programs that teach people with disabilities essential skills including technical skills (like sewing, cooking, and mechanical repair), business skills, and core life skills.

Micro-enterprises

The organization helps people with disabilities become entrepreneurs by providing training and startup funds or supplies. In coordination with local disabled people’s organizations, we also develop partnerships with microfinance institutions to promote financial services that are accessible.

Salaried employment

People with disabilities commonly encounter significant barriers, including discrimination and inaccessible workplaces, when trying to obtain waged employment. Handicap International works to overcome these challenges by partnering with local employers and job placement services and providing employees with disability support services.   

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