Sustainable Economic Models

CARE works to improve women’s access to markets to unlock greater production, profits on small-scale agriculture, food security, and improved nutrition. We promote women small-scale producers’ ability to participate and make decisions in market systems.  CARE applies a value-chain lens to its agricultural programming with the aim of enhancing food and nutrition security. We ensure that our work is grounded in a thorough analysis of market opportunities and dynamics so women and their families can find the opportunities that work best for them.

Our Models

Coffee and Tea Value Chains
Through financial inclusion, sustainable practice, working with existing structures and growing cooperatives and their capacity to engage with value chains, CARE supports small coffee and tea agribusinesses to become more productive.

Gender-Inclusive Markets
CARE’s programs unlock the potential of poor people, especially women, to participate more equitably in markets can increase their ability to earn a more sustainable income – and at the same time strengthen value chains through the input and involvement of these previously excluded populations.

Participatory Performance Tracker
CARE believes in putting communities in the driver's seat to determine what projects should do, and if it's working to meet community needs. The Participatory Performance Tracker (PPT) tool allows groups and individuals to evaluate project outcomes, behavior change, and barriers to success. 

Pro-Poor Markets
Many of us dream of a world free from poverty, but how can this be realistically achieved, especially for smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the world’s poor?

The push-pull model links interventions directly targeting the very poor and chronically food insecure with interventions to change the broader set of factors that influence their wellbeing.

Social Enterprise & Innovation
Well-designed social enterprises are sustainable, scalable and offer financially robust mechanisms for addressing poverty and its ill effects.

In 1991, CARE harnessed the practice of group saving when it launched the world's first Village Savings and Loan Association in Niger.

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Economic Partnerships

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Bhavani is a single mother working in a handloom center in Sri Lanka. Through the partnership with CARE and the H&M Foundation she is being provided with technical and design skills in handloom weaving, as well as in managing a business.

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Economic Projects

CARE runs 565 economic empowerment projects around the world.

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Tusaidiane basket-making artisan at a Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Program in Zanzibar

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Economic Publications

Find what we're learning on sustainable economies.

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In Sre Ambal, Cambodia, Oy Phon looks after her trees.