Livelihoods

What We Do

Our vision is leprosy defeated, lives transformed. In order to transform the lives of persons affected by leprosy, we are committed to supporting sustainable livelihoods.


Transforming lives with sustainable livelihoods

People affected by leprosy are often among the poorest and most marginalised in their communities, with the age-old stigma associated with the disease leading to their exclusion.

Left out of community gatherings and prevented from accessing community resources – people affected by leprosy can find it hard to participate in economic, social, and political life.

As part of our commitment to seeing zero discrimination against people affected by leprosy, The Leprosy Mission campaigns against this, and works to improve livelihoods – we want people affected by leprosy to be confidently standing up for their rights.

We partner with other organisations in key areas of poor housing, unsafe water and limited access to health and education – making sure people affected by leprosy are included.

Our livelihoods work includes:

Skills Training

Offering people affected by leprosy the opportunity to develop skills to make a living – farming and agriculture, mechanics, electrics, computing, and much more.

Micro-credit

A small loan provided to buy items such as livestock, a sewing machine, or agricultural tools – to enable people affected by leprosy to develop an income and support themselves.

Self-Help Groups

These enable leprosy and disability affected people to save money together and build up mutual confidence to advocate for themselves.

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Self-Care Groups

These practical groups allow people affected by leprosy to learn together how to prevent the development or worsening wounds, ulcers and other injuries caused by leprosy.

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Disabled Peoples' Organisations

We work to integrate people affected by leprosy who have a disability into Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) so that they can receive support and have a greater voice when talking to local and national governments.


Our Livelihood Projects


Vocational Training Centre
India
Vocational Training Centre

The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) provides a free, quality, co-ed technical education to students who are directly affected, or the dependents of people affected by leprosy or disability. Courses include electrical engineering, mechanics, tailoring, and air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Integrated Mobilisation of People for Active Community Transformation (IMPACT)
Nepal
Integrated Mobilisation of People for Active Community Transformation (IMPACT)

You can give people affected by leprosy and disability in Nepal healing, hope and opportunities they desperately need to lead a healthier and fulfilling future.

RECLAIM Eastern Development Region Project
Nepal
RECLAIM Eastern Development Region Project

By making a donation to the RECLAIM project in Nepal, you’ll be making a real difference — giving people affected by leprosy help to prevent or assist them with their disabilities and restore them to their families and communities.

Inclusive Empowerment
India
Inclusive Empowerment

By making a donation to The Inclusive Empowerment Project in India, you’ll be making a real difference —providing micro finance activities, vocational training or helping with advocacy and community issues.

Community-Based Rehabilitation Social Economic and Health Development Project
Timor-Leste
Community-Based Rehabilitation Social Economic and Health Development Project

This project aims to increase social participation and improve health and economic outcomes for people with leprosy and disabilities, by developing Self-Help Groups (SHGs).