"In this just, generous, and prosperous system, labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him.” - Abraham Lincoln
We believe freedom is the necessary foundation for an individual to experience self-actualization, self-realization and sustainable livelihood. We believe the chains of poverty, destitution and abuse must be broken in order for one to excel, that once freed, one is capable of knowing their value, developing personally, seizing opportunity, and becoming financially sound.We work to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping them acquire the skills and assets needed to be free from oppressive labor, recover from setbacks, and create a better future for the next generation.
Our Livelihoods programs encourage individual self-sufficiency through literacy, micro-finance, and business skills training, while empowering communities to identify and solve their own problems.
We actively seek to prevent and protect victims of human trafficking with projects that support The Salvation Army’s established centers in the heart of the red light districts around the world.Through skills building, vocational training and income generation, women are given a path to return home, attend school or earn a living in other ways.