Funding small income-generating projects is behind the success of Qatar Charity’s programmes worldwide, a spokesman for the organisation has said.
Qatar Charity (QC) spokesman explained that the income-generating projects, one of the organisation’s four strategic support methods sought to promote sustainable development, fight poverty and transform impoverished families into self-sufficient units. QC provided in this regard, training for many men and women in many countries such as Somalia, Bangladesh, Gaza and Indonesia, as well as small and soft loans, in the context of funding small income-generating programmes, to help them achieve their projects.
The organisation reported success stories, such as Somali women have lost their husbands, because of fighting in most regions of southern Somalia in 2006 and 2007. Many moved into crowded refugee camps in Mogadishu and had the opportunity to participate in the women’s training programme, organised by QC’s office in Somalia.
Some of these women were given sewing machines at the end of their training course, which enabled them to work, generate income and provide decent housing, food and education for their children.
In Bangladesh, people who got finance for small income-generating projects also had the chance of improving their daily income from $1.5 to $ 3.
“One Bangladeshi used the $600 offered by QC’s small income-generating funding programme to buy two cows that enabled him two years later to build a house,” the spokesman said.
Furthermore, Fatima from Gaza used the QC funding to set up a small ready-made clothes factory, which provided a good income for her.
Tsunami survivors in Indonesia also benefited from QC’s soft loans programme, particularly those whose businesses were damaged by the giant waves.
“Hassan, one of them, managed to buy new tools and materials for his damaged carpentry. His monthly sales reached $ 1,700, out of which $500 was his net profit. This helped him support his family and provide education for his children.