In the last 30 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut by more than two thirds. Despite this momentous progress, and with the recent increase because of COVID-19, nearly 1 in 10 people still live below the global measure of extreme poverty, the majority of whom are smallholder farmers and their families in rural sub-Saharan Africa.*
Parents everywhere are driven by a dream — for their children’s lives to be better than their own. Yet millions of people in the most impoverished parts of the world are smallholder farmers who lack access to the knowledge, capital, markets, technology, and information they need to build thriving businesses.
Economic empowerment is not an end in itself, but a tangible expression of God’s love that radically changes the lives of children and families today — a transformation that lasts for generations.
World Vision’s fully integrated, proven approach to economic empowerment equips hardworking men and women to move from surviving to thriving. Join us to help hardworking families break the cycle of extreme poverty for good.
Millions of these farmers have never had the opportunity to learn to save, work together, or improve their farming practices. Most have never been able to open a bank account or get a loan. Many are unaware of how to handle floods, droughts, market fluctuations, and other emergencies that can cripple their businesses. Most have developed a worldview rooted in feelings of powerlessness and lack of self-worth. And they are at the mercy of an unpredictable climate, destructive cultural practices, and corruption.
All of this leads to persistent, generational poverty — as parents are unable to improve their incomes, the vicious cycle of poverty is perpetuated in the lives of their children.
Our partnership with you, as brothers and sisters in Christ, gives World Vision the privilege of reflecting God’s love to hardworking families who have endured desperate circumstances, helping them move from poverty to prosperity.
We met a Rwandan woman farmer...she said, 'I thank God, World Vision, and this project because with what I have been taught, and what I know now, I am not in poverty anymore, … and I will never go back!’
Robin Phillips Retired lawyer, WV donor
The outcomes of World Vision’s empowered worldview and end-to-end systems approach have been remarkable.
Aggregate incomes for communities that embrace and employ World Vision’s THRIVE model have risen significantly — double or more. Families who have participated in all aspects of the model in Tanzania saw their incomes grow 400 to 600 percent in many cases.
These hardworking farmers finally have the ability to consistently feed their children nutritious food; send them to school; cover bills for basic healthcare; build a house made of brick with a metal roof instead of mud, sticks, and straw; and reinvest in their businesses.
They are building strong relationships by working together to get out of extreme poverty for good. They’re no longer just surviving; they’re thriving.
World Vision’s community-led THRIVE model enables vulnerable families to adapt and succeed, ultimately progressing out of poverty so parents and caregivers can sustainably and resiliently provide for their children.
Sustainability means smallholder farmers and pastoralist families will be empowered to move to higher levels of income and improved education, health, and overall well-being as World Vision programming transitions out of the community.
Resiliency means these families are able to withstand or recover quickly from droughts and other emergencies, since the journey upward from extreme poverty to an improved well-being is not without interruptions. A resilient family can absorb stresses, adapt to a changing environment, and transform risks into opportunities.