Sustainable Livelihoods

“Who will lend Allah a good loan so that he can increase it many times?”

(Qur’an 2:245)

Islamic Relief aims to give people a chance to stand on their own feet. We could give out food, water, shelter to people for years on end – or we could help them once, by supporting them to start their own business to provide for themselves.

From widows struggling to support their orphaned children, to families who have lost everything in floods or wars, one donation to Livelihoods Solutions could help countless people.

98% Repayment on loans

When one person is able to earn a regular income, the whole family benefits. When one business start-up loan is repaid – and 98% of our interest-free loans are repaid – the money can be used to help another family, and another.

A single donation is recycled to help family after family, to earn for themselves for years to come, which is a form of sadaqah jariyah, or ongoing charity. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except three: a continuing charity…” (Muslim) Give, and the reward could outlive you.

Livelihoods projects