Businesses & Income Generating Activities

“The Declaration on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africa by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in 2004 acknowledged that widespread poverty, unemployment and underemployment compromise basic human rights and the dignity of individuals and communities – and constitute a threat to social, economic and political stability.  The declaration emphasized the urgency of employment creation as an ‘explicit and central objective of our economic and social policies’.”

                                                (Economic Report on Africa 2005; Economic Commission for Africa; United Nations.)


For the very poor, a small increase in income can make a major improvement in their lives.  Volunteers can help to help start or grow micro and small businesses in their communities.  The Project Plans below encourage Volunteers to “help start” businesses or to “help grow” existing businesses, including helping micro enterprises in the informal sector move up to the formal sector.  Growth of an existing business can have dramatic impact on a community’s level of poverty as it can lead to employment opportunities for other members of the community. It meets Peace Corps’ first goal of helping the people of interested countries meet their needs for trained men and women.  Business growth takes good management, new or expanded linkages (local, regional, national or international), product diversification and differentiation, and financial governance.  This promotes both the second and third goals of Peace Corps by helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and by helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.


Income Generating Activities Training Modules for Pre-Service and In-Service Training (doc, 331 KB)

Batik cloth as an IGA (doc, 27 KB)

Quilting as an IGA (Kelly Thayer, PCV) (doc, 26 KB)