Disability Inclusive Livelihood

Changing lives at the community level
Photo: Inclusive Livelihood project in Rwanda. Credit: Marjan van der Lingen / Light for the World

Light for the World supports inclusive livelihood opportunities in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Cambodia, Kenya, Mozambique, North East India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

The Situation

Persons with disabilities are more likely to be excluded from services that help increase chances to build up a decent livelihood, because ...

  • They face stigma and discrimination, being considered less capable of the following education, working, or being able to repay a start-up capital for a business.
  • Life is more expensive for persons with a disability, as many countries do not have universal health care or insurances do not cover the cost of rehabilitation and assistive devices.
  • Women with disabilities struggle even more to build up a decent livelihood. Communities tend to invest less in their future, making them even more vulnerable to having to depend on charity and to become victims of abuse.

 men 58.6%, 20.1%

What you can do

In order to increase the chances of persons with disabilities to make a decent living, our programme work focuses on ...

  • Increasing awareness on the fact that persons with disabilities are capable of taking their lives in their own hands
  • Increasing the self-esteem of persons with disabilities and build up their vocational as well as soft skills to have something to offer on the labor market, with a special focus on women with disabilities
  • Providing access to health care, rehabilitation services and assistive devices for women and men with disabilities
  • Cooperating with schools, universities, vocational training centers, NGOs, companies, and microcredit organizations to make their services inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities

I am EmployAble

80% to 90% of young people with disabilities in low-income countries are unemployed. Our Disability Inclusion Lab's report "I am Employable: creating access to technical and vocational education for young people with disabilities" has new findings on inclusive vocational training.

>> Download the EmployAble brochure