The Value of Change
We talk a lot about value chains within our economic development work — but what are they and why are they important?
A value chain is the full range of activities, from production to marketing to distribution, that are required to bring a product from its conception to the consumer.
CARE promotes changes in value chains that generate positive, sustained impacts for large numbers of marginalized households in terms of income, employment, power relations and access to products and services that empower the poor to better their lives.
It takes money to make money. And CARE takes the concept of microfinance further, helping women and families improve income via better access to financial services, training and village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).
Earning a living requires more than just hard work. We link smallholder farmers in poor rural communities, the majority of them women, with the goods and services needed to run their businesses and provide for their families.