Empowering the Poor
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Giving families means to sustain themselves
A Life Defined by Poverty
Extreme poverty touches every part of life. When a family's income is small, they lack food and often go to bed hungry. Their bodies become weak and malnourished. Making things worse, contaminated water ushers all manner of disease into their home. And their home itself offers little shelter against heat, cold or rain.
Impoverished mothers often have underweight babies who struggle to grow and reach their potential – if they can even survive. Many children miss school because they are frequently sick, unable to pay fees or busy earning income for the family. These kids also lack access to media that would offer understanding of the world and their rights in it. This leaves them with no education, no good job opportunities and no way out of poverty.
And the cycle will only continue unless something changes.
- 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty.1
- 870 million people suffer from hunger worldwide.2
- Every 3.6 seconds, one person dies of starvation.3
- 270 million children have no access to health care services.3
- More than 9,000 people die every day due to water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes.4
- Some 13% of 7-18 year olds have never attended school—the strongest barrier to poverty.3
Providing Income-Generating Gifts
For Those in Need
What We Do
Often, the catalyst for change is one simple item. Maybe a buffalo. Or a rickshaw. Or a sewing machine. Just something that will give a desperate family the chance to escape from poverty's clutch.
This is why GFA distributes hundreds of thousands of life-sustaining items to poor communities. These gifts can quickly reverse the effects of poverty. Parents start earning money, families eat well and children go to school. Health and home improve, and children gain a chance for higher education and better-paying jobs. Within one generation, the cycle of poverty is broken.
- Sewing machines
- Carpentry tools
- Tin roofing sheets
- Mosquito nets
- Fishing nets
- And much more
Our goal is not to just offer handouts, but to empower impoverished families to sustain themselves. Many people have the skill and ability needed to make a living, but lack the capital to begin.
Through our poverty alleviation project, we try to provide families with the resource most helpful for their individual situation. Some gifts become a source of income. Others provide shelter, warmth or transportation. Still others meet the unique needs of the disabled. But each one helps someone step up from their extreme level of poverty.
For example, a sewing machine can instantly turn a parent's tailoring skills into income. This increase in pay means more nutritious food on the table, producing healthier kids. As the family business grows, their budget expands to include school fees and home improvement. The children grow up in a safer environment and graduate with bright prospects. Poverty ceases to drive their life, becoming only a childhood memory.
The poverty alleviation project has empowered
hundreds of families over the past two years.
Kamala and her husband Narayanlal had three small children. Narayanlal was in the midst of building a new home as the family looked toward their future.
But the future suddenly changed when an accident stole Narayanlal's life. Kamala unexpectedly found herself a widow and a single mother. She and her children grieved deeply. They had lost husband, father and dreams. Not only that, but Narayanlal's income was gone and they had no way to survive on their own. Kamala now had to depend on her in-laws for everything.
The new widow was left with nothing. Nothing, that is, until GFA learned of her need and offered something she never expected—a source of income. It came in the form of a buffalo.
Tears filled Kamala's eyes as she realized what this meant. Not only would the buffalo's milk meet her financial needs, it would also strengthen her children.
"My children will have milk to drink and other milk products such as cheese, curd and buttermilk for their food," Kamala said. "And my children will grow healthy as the buffalo milk is nutritious." Her face brightened with hope.
"Thank you so much for being concerned about my pitiful situation."
Though she has lost much, Kamala is now confident that she can provide for her growing children.