Economic Inclusion


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.


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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  • commented 2015-12-01 17:36:09 -0500

    I have a concern, about my daughter. We live in America. My daughter wants to join the military. However; she has a disability. She has a slight paralyzation on her right side, so she has some fine motor skills issues, and she cant run as fast as everyone else, but she can do it. She would be great in a supporting role, such as in Administration. She actually wants to become a Veterinarian at some point down the line. My question is: if she goes to the military and is told (like we know they will) that she is not eligible because of her disability—will you or are you all equipped to represent her if we need representation to fight the decision?

    Deborah Cobb
  • commented 2015-07-13 10:46:00 -0400
    Thank you for being here for us all, the lord will bless you more than you will ever emagian. I thank you, for I too am disabled, I Wii donate to your cause when financially possible. I’m unable to at present. God bless , Thank you, LOWELL WEEKLEY