One in ten children remain out of school.

For those in the most marginalised populations the Covid-19 pandemic only deepened their predicament and likelihood of being left behind, plunging millions of families into poverty. As poverty is one of the main barriers to education, this forced children out school whose families are unable to afford to send them back.

Street Child’s livelihoods programming exists to empower families to care for and educate their children in the long term, by simultaneously tackling social and economic barriers to education. Our work with families to build their source of income for their children’s care, combines practical business training and mentoring, access to saving schemes and in some cases, cash grants. 

family business for education

The award-winning Family Business for Education approach, is a unique Street Child model that started in Sierra Leone combining social work, business training and mentoring, cash grants and an incentivised savings scheme, reaching over  35,000 families to date.

It has since been replicated successfully in Liberia, Nigeria and is now being piloted in Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and in Mozambique.

village savings and loans association

The well-established Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) model helps set up self-managed savings groups to support groups of people to access loans, credits and emergency social funds, particularly in places where it’s not easy to borrow. This is crucial to ensure households can afford the cost of their children's education.

VSLAs are part of our work in Burundi, DRC, Kenya and Nigeria. In the DRC, our 'Education for All' programme in 2020 provided 1,500 households the means to afford the cost of their children's education through the creation of VSLA's. Its successor, the UK Aid funded Safer Schools programme, ensured 2,331 children whose parents were supported by VSLAs enrolled in mainstream school during the year, exceeding the target by 50%.

the farmers network project

The Farmers Network Project approach helps subsistence farmers move to agribusiness with the support of training in modern farming techniques, support for market access and the creation of cooperatives with larger purchasing power.

This model has been developed and expanded in Kenya with 3,400 farming families, with strong replication potential.

the impact of our livelihood programmes


The percentage of families who have been able to keep their children in school two years after the end of the Family Business for Education programme in Sierra Leone. The programme drives sustainable, long term change.


The percentage of our VSLA participants in DRC who enrolled at least one out-of-school child in school after savings increased four-fold thanks to the scheme.


The percentage of rural Kenyan farmers who had increased access to finance thanks to the Farmers Network Project, a 72% increase from the start of the project.

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