Improving livelihoods and providing hope for a brighter future

Imagine the struggle of families living in a life of poverty, without the means of funding futures, facing a daily struggle for survival and the question of where to turn to next? Well, for the 1 in 10 people worldwide living in poverty, this is a reality.

Without the means to buy tools, seeds, crops, purchase animals and invest in business, sustainable livelihoods and earning an income are almost an impossibility for vulnerable communities worldwide. However, there is hope! By funding futures for those impacted by poverty, you are helping to build brighter futures across the world.


“Who will lend Allah a good loan so that He can increase it many times?”

Qur’an | 2:245

The impact of poverty across the world

In 2021, a staggering 698 million people, or 9% of the global population were estimated to be living in extreme poverty. In economic terms, that’s less than $1.90 a day, while over one-fifth of the global population live below the higher $3.20 poverty line (1,803 million people), and over two-fifths (3,293 million people) live below $5.50 a day.

This means that huge populations across the world don’t have access to even the most basic of necessities, such as food, water, shelter, health and medical care, livelihoods, education, and sanitation. A deficiency in any one of these life-lines has a compounding effect on the lives of so many.

Funding futures is essential to help vulnerable families break out of poverty.

Funding futures and improving livelihoods – a form of Sadaqah Jariyah

Find out more about some of the ways your donations are transforming lives and funding futures.

Barber shops

Barber shops are changing lives. Yes – that’s right!

In impoverished areas, barber shops are a gateway to employment, as everyone in a community will need a haircut at some point in their daily lives.  In Jordan, we’ve been funding futures by supporting vulnerable families to set up barber shops as a way to generate their own income and build a safe social space.

How Islamic Relief are funding futures ahead

With your vital support, Islamic Relief has been able to support over 988,000 people across 30 countries through livelihoods projects.

Creating sustainable livelihood solutions that are catered to and work for communities in need is one of the most impactful ways to support vulnerable people. Funding futures by providing the tools to yield a living gives communities and even perhaps generations to come, the chance to break the poverty cycle.

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