Sustainable Economic Projects

CARE has more than 560 projects that support sustainable economies. We prioritize looking at power dynamics so poor families—especially women—have access to information, appropriate agricultural and productive resources, and assets. The ability to control assets and productive resources is vital for women. It impacts their ability to engage in sustainable agriculture and markets, manage short term environmental shocks, and effectively cope with climate shifts. Women’s control over assets also relates to decision-making at home and in the rural economy, which affects their children’s wellbeing. Together, these factors lead to women’s empowerment and progress on the path toward secure and resilient livelihoods for their households.

Our Projects

Coffee Industry Support Project
CARE International began the Coffee Industry Support Project in 2013 to target female farmers’ economic and social well-being in the Eastern Highlands. The project works with key coffee stakeholders to change the way they do business.

GRAD is a five-year USAID-funded project building on the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Plus (PSNP) project.

Harande means “Food Security” in Peulh, a local language in Mali. Funded by USAID's Office of Food for Peace, the project focuses on the Mopti region—an area in northern Mali that suffers from frequent drought and current conflict and instability.

Kore Lavi
The Kore Lavi program directly supports the Government of Haiti’s social protection efforts through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST).

Krishi Utsho
Krishi Utsho is a social enterprise project under CARE Bangladesh to build an agro-input microfranchise network in rural Bangladesh.

With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE’s Pathways Program works in six countries (Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, and Mali) to increase food and nutrition security for 65,000 women farmers, their families, and their communities. 

Sustainable Dairy Value Chains (SDVC)
Since 2007, CARE’s SDVC has worked with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gate’s Foundation  to improve dairy farmer’s livelihoods through improved the milk production and collection systems.

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Economic Models

CARE connects families to market systems to improve their economic options.

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"My family and I started out farming with a little livestock such as chickens and cows. My husband then decided to sell our crops at the market, since he knew we could earn more as it’s the trade centre. Then I heard of LAMAC microfinance cooperative."

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Economic Partnerships

Take a look at who we work with.

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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 Publications

Find what we're learning on sustainable economies.

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