Lan Yuefeng sews a piece of clothing in China

Economic Inclusion

In low and middle income countries, people with disabilities are often denied access to education, training opportunities, loans for microenterprise development and formal employment in the private sector making it impossible for them to earn a living. This condemns people with disabilities and their families to a perpetuating cycle of poverty.

Humanity & Inclusion promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in decent, income-generating employment to break the cycle of poverty, contribute to the overall development of a country, and boost the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. The organization and its partners take a variety of approaches to helping people with disabilities earn a living.

Vocational training

Humanity & Inclusion’s supports training programs that teach people with disabilities essential skills including technical skills, business skills, and core life skills.


The organization helps people with disabilities become entrepreneurs by providing market-aligned skills training and startup funds or supplies. We also develop partnerships with microfinance institutions to promote financial services that are accessible.

Salaried employment

People with disabilities commonly encounter significant barriers, including discrimination and inaccessible workplaces, when trying to obtain waged employment. Humanity & Inclusion works to overcome these challenges by partnering with companies and job placement services and providing employees with disability the training needed to succeed on the job.   

Economic Social Protection

People with disabilities are disproportionately represented amongst the extreme and ultra-poor. To end extreme and ultra-poverty for people with disabilities globally, HI works to build and strengthen safety nets for people with disabilities and populations living in extreme hardship in low and middle income countries. Practical examples of this include helping people with disabilities access preexisting government social services and implementing cash transfer programs. HI also implements a specific type of social protection scheme called the disability inclusive graduation model. More information on this can be found.

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