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Economic security

A plumbing vocational training course in Timor-Leste

A plumbing vocational training course in Timor-Leste

Children are often the first to feel the effects of poverty, being forced to go hungry or leave school to earn an income for the family.

Plan works with community partners to ensure that families in extreme poverty have the skills they need to increase their income and can access financial services.

In 2014, Plan trained 135,762 people in business and vocational skills. We also supported 64,280 local savings groups, reaching 1,142,720 members.

Youth opportunities

Over the next decade, 1.3 billion young people will be entering the workforce, but only 300 million new jobs are expected to be created.

To reduce poverty, one of our key priorities is to make sure that young people have opportunities for decent employment.

From financial literacy to vocational training and apprenticeships, we work to harness the tremendous power of this new generation to help break the cycle of poverty.

Loans and savings

Hundreds of thousands of people have achieved financial stability through our microfinance partnerships, which provide small loans to poor women and youths.

We also support village loans and savings schemes. Having access to lump sums and building savings, helps people to protect their households from emergencies and plan for the future.

Case studies

Salamatu's school dream comes true

Salamatu's school dream comes true

Two years ago Salamatu was forced to drop out of business school in Sierra Leone when she could no longer afford the tuition fees – but now she's back with help from Plan.