A farmer standing next to their harvested crops

Resilient livelihoods

Over the past five years we have helped improve access to food and income for 770,000 people.

Millions of people are struggling without a reliable source of food and income to support themselves and their families. We work to address the barriers to social and economic independence, and our volunteers make sure people have the skills and opportunities they need to live more secure and dignified lives.

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to reduce people's spending power and disrupt markets around the world, we're supporting those most at-risk – including farmers, entrepreneurs and small business owners – to adapt to the crisis and prepare for an uncertain future.

Our COVID-19 response in livelihoods


Our work supporting resilient livelihoods

Ugandan female farmer carries grain on her head as part of VSO's YELG project
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Resilient rural livelihoods

Supporting fairer outcomes for agricultural communities.

A student watches intently as her instructor demonstrates machinery in a welding and metal workshop

Employment and entrepreneurship

Ensuring that everyone has access to decent employment and market opportunities.

Tailor Rafiki Bienvenue goes over paperwork in his workshop

Enterprise development and job creation

Supporting small and medium enterprises to grow.


Where we support resilient livelihoods

Bangladesh

Livelihoods

Cambodia

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor

Ghana

Livelihoods

Malawi

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor
  • Solar Mama Rural Electrification project

Nigeria

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor

Tanzania

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor
  • Lake Zone Youth Empowerment project
  • Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED)

Uganda

Livelihoods

  • SCOPE (Skills and Capacity for Organisational Productivity and Employment)