Microenterprise Impact

WE OFFERED LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT
TO LIFT FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY

It is incredible to see how much poor families can accomplish when we equip them with the resources and education they need to start their own businesses. By providing families with farm animals, agricultural support or small loans, we help them discover their potential and achieve their goals. Our economic development programs have proven to significantly raise the participants’ standard of living, while also increasing their sense of dignity and self-respect. Women are often particularly empowered by these projects, and their eyes light up as they tell you about everything their work has provided for their children.

For example, in 2018 we partnered with the Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica to provide income-generating animals, and in Ethiopia, we partnered with the Daughters of Charity to support their animal husbandry program that helps poor women become self-sustainable.

2018 MICROENTERPRISE Facts
grants
provided to:
12
projects
in
7
countries
Recipients
of goats, cows, pigs and
poultry for income generation:
270
Microenterprise
training programs:
4
Loans
Total amount made:
$30,988

Highlighted MICROENTERPRISE PROJECT

Farm Animals for Poor Women

Ethiopia - Project 0543

In 2018, Cross Catholic Outreach supported 70 women receiving poultry and training through the Daughters of Charity’s ministry. The sisters work with each woman in the program to ensure that they learn to run a successful chicken-rearing businesses to boost income and nutrition for poor families.

Fast Facts

Farm Animals

Cross Catholic Outreach funds provided 1,050 chickens to women in need.

Benefits

70 women benefited from the program and are now running their own businesses. 239 children and dependents benefited because their mothers participated in the program and completed income generation training.

skills training

70 women participated in business and life skills training for the first time, and 50 beneficiaries from previous years completed a refresher course.

Funds

Cross Catholic Outreach funds provided $24,305 to this project in 2018.
*The number of projects includes activities funded in fiscal year 2018. The detailed outputs are activities completed during fiscal year 2018; uncompleted activities were carried over into the next fiscal year.