This is another key intervention area coordinated under Programs. It comprised Community Managed Microfinance and Food security programs. Through the Community Managed Microfinance (CMMF), Stromme empowers communities to create sustainable livelihoods through the formation of savings and credit groups and various community actions. At least 71% of the group members are women, and these have learned to mobilize locally available funds which they save and accumulate and later borrow from to start or grow their micro and small businesses. The approach has improved the sustainability of the members’ livelihoods, improved household incomes and the quality of life for very poor families.
The Livelihoods program also involves creating sustainable food security in poverty stricken areas in eastern Africa.