Meresiyana Cimpaye (40) with the Banana Trees she bought from the profits of her Graduation Programme cash transfer, at her home in Bukinanyana, Cibitoke, Burundi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern WorldwideMeresiyana Cimpaye (40) with the Banana Trees she bought from the profits of her Graduation Programme cash transfer, at her home in Bukinanyana, Cibitoke, Burundi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide

Help mums out of poverty

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Single mums like Violette can face a life of extreme poverty, hunger and stigma. Will you show your support for mums who are struggling?

After Violette's husband left her, she was forced to beg from neighbours, and her children often went to bed hungry. But since Violette started on our livelihood programme, she’s never looked back. Now she runs a successful small business growing produce such as coffee to sell. She has bought a plot of land for 400 trees and has now become an employer herself, bringing benefits to the wider community. That’s the power of investing in mums.

Violette Bukeyeneza sits at her new kitchen table and chairs which has bought from the profits of her business at her home in Bukinanyana, Cibitoke, Burundi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Concern Worldwide
I had no house. Now I eat what I want. I work for myself
Violette - who received a small business grant
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Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business at her home in Cibitoke, Burundi.  Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide
Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business at her home in Cibitoke, Burundi. She is a beneficiary of Concern's livelihood programme and her business has gone from strength to strength. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide

Concern’s two-year livelihood programme provides women like Violette with the skills, knowledge and confidence to improve their means of earning an income.

Show your solidarity - provide the resources to help another mum become a Mumpreneur and look after herself and her family now and in the future.  

By helping a mum become a Mumpreneur, you’re supporting them to become role models for their children and neighbours and inspiring the whole community to beat extreme poverty.

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How does it work?

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You invest

You make your investment and we work with the local community to find the women who most need help.

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We provide support

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Planning for the future

Fridna Dimanche 27, a beautician and hairdresser, stands smiling next to her cosmetics box at her home in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest communities in Haiti. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/ Concern Worldwide

How has Concern’s programmes helped women

  • In 2019, 7,284 women were supported through our programme in countries like Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Haiti.

  • We’ve helped them expand existing or start new small businesses, feed themselves and their children, improve their nutrition, rear animals, improve their health status and levels of hygiene, increase their access to education and build homes.

  • In Rwanda, 90 per cent of participants were able to meet their food and healthcare needs after one year with 88 per cent maintaining their status three years after programme support finished.

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