Family Business Scheme
Sustainability sits at the heart of everything we do.
For so many of the families we work with, the cost of education is too high. Simple household poverty keeps thousands and thousands of children out of school, a tragic pattern which, unless broken, has the potential to self-repeat endlessly. Street Child’s Family Business Teams exist to change that.
Working alongside our street work teams, they provide families of street children with a tailored package of support that aims to enable those families to lift themselves out of extreme poverty so they are able to afford the costs of educating their children.
The teams provide business training, planning, grants, loans and incentivised savings schemes with impressive results. Between 2009 and 2013 more than 2000 family businesses have been established or supported by Street Child and over 90 percent of those families are still managing to fund education for the children that our street work teams first met on the street.
In March 2014 our charity supporter Nick Hewer (BBC's The Apprentice) went to Sierra Leone to learn more about our Family Business Scheme. Below is Nick's experience of our projects, showing how we lift families from poverty by helping them gain a reliable source of income and therefore a more sustainable home life.