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Help families make a living

Plan’s Enterprise Scheme helps people get the funding and skills they need to create a successful small business and lift themselves out of poverty.

Donate to the Plan Enterprise Scheme.

The people we work with want to be independent and self-sufficient, to feed and clothe their families and send their children to school. Like people everywhere, they want to make the very best of themselves and give their children every opportunity to do the same.

But starting a small business in these deprived communities is hard. The banks can be far away and the minimum business loans are often more than they need and much more than they could ever afford to repay.

Working their way out of poverty

Our Plan Enterprise Scheme helps people use their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to work their way out of poverty.

In collaboration with local partners, we work with communities to set up small savings and loans schemes and provide simple training in literacy, numeracy and small business management skills.

This initial funding and training are often all people need to turn their talent and enthusiasm into a successful small business.

We are working to expand the scheme in Zambia, Haiti and Nepal to help more people start a business and earn a living.

Donate to the Plan Enterprise Scheme.

  • Marie Jean's story
    In Haiti, as well as growing her business Marie Jean is learning to read and write and is proud to be able to sign her name.
  • Shobha's story
    In Nepal, Shobha's sewing business has enabled her to escape the dangers of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
  • Tasila's Story
    In Zambia, Tasila 's successful business venture has helped her to provide for herself and her aunt.
The plan

help families get the funding and the skills to create a successful small business

 

  • Where
    WORLDWIDE
  • What
    FAMILIES ACCESS MICROFINANCE
  • Impact
    Families lift themselves out of poverty
Latest Blogs
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    17-Apr-14
  • Opportunities are few for those who live in Jakarta’s slums. That’s especially true for children - their parents cannot afford to pay for birth certificates and without a certificate their future is extremely limited.
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Resources

  • Cette recherche explore comment l’approche des groupes d’épargne peut aider à surmonter les barrières financières à l’éducation. Le rapport se compose d’une revue de la littérature et de la recherche qualitative dans deux communautés rurales du Ghana. Le rapport montre comment la participation à des groupes d'épargne peut soutenir directement la fréquentation scolaire[English version of briefing and full report also available.]
    25-Oct-13
  • Research Briefing of the paper exploring how savings groups can help break down the financial barriers to education. Based on a literature review and qualitative research in two communities in rural Ghana, the report shows how participation in savings groups can directly support school attendance, and, over the longer term, indirectly support educational investments through their effects on livelihoods, health and nutrition, and household decision-making.
    12-Aug-13
  • This research explores how savings groups can help break down the financial barriers to education. Based on a literature review and qualitative research in two communities in rural Ghana, this report shows how participation in savings groups can directly support school attendance, and, over the longer term, indirectly support educational investments through their effects on livelihoods, health and nutrition, and household decision-making.
    12-Aug-13
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