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Earning a decent living

Helping people to support themselves and their families.

Supporting small businesses

We believe that everyone should be able to earn a decent living and become self-sufficient, because no one wants to rely on charity or aid. ICS works with businesses to help them grow and connect with other suppliers, customers and communities.

This lets the businesses provide a fair income for their owners and employees, boosting the local economy.

In addition to working with established businesses, projects also focus on supporting women and young entrepreneurs to create sustainable enterprises that provide wider economic, environmental or social impact.

The services volunteers provide vary. Activities can include creating business plans, bookkeeping support and training, market research, helping entrepreneurs access finance and linking them to business mentors.

Stationery shop owner Hemonto Kumar Roy, 23, was earning just BDT100 (£0.90) per day before ICS volunteers started working with him. Now his income has quadrupled.
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Stationery shop owner Hemonto Kumar Roy, 23, was earning just BDT100 (£0.90) per day before ICS volunteers started working with him. Now his income has quadrupled.

Skills for employment

We also run projects that help build people’s skills so they can get jobs. This improves the skills of the workforce and helps to grow the national economy.

A secure income is the first step to ending the cycle of poverty and building a prosperous and stable economy that has the right tools to tackle issues like climate change, access to education and healthcare and gender equality.

Volunteers work in a number of locations such as youth centres, schools and at community meetings.

Your ICS placement is about more than what you do while you're overseas