Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.

What is in a livelihood? We’ve all heard the familiar saying:

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”

And, it is in that spirit we run our livelihood projects. The sad reality is many times people in poorer countries have the skills, enthusiasm and support to generate an income for themselves, yet lack the opportunity to put it into practice.

IRF  Livelihood Projects are designed to empower the individual into training and work which will give them an independent, sustainable and long-term income. In this way, livelihoods revolves around providing for communities because when you have a breadwinner in the family, children are able to afford school fees and families can afford medical expenses too.

A livelihood to suit every need

The nature and scale of the businesses have been as varied as they come, but what they do have in common is that they are all focused upon meeting the needs of the local people, using a beneficiaries expertise and skills base and turning over a reliable and steady income.

Apart from these main areas, IRF provides a variety of other trainings (vocational training, organisational capacity building, leadership skills, management skills) to individuals, disadvantaged communities, and organisations to enable them to become self-sufficient and build sustainable livelihoods.