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In 2020, 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy were at risk of losing their livelihoods due to COVID-19.


Rural communities are more likely to be living in poverty. The poverty rate in rural areas is 17.2% which is 3 times the amount in urban areas.


Before the pandemic, women were already vulnerable. They are more likely than men to live below 50% of the median income. 1 in 5 children live in extreme poverty.

IIRR economically empowers rural communities through four programs

Financial Inclusion

IIRR's financial inclusion programs support financial literacy, training, and access to funds.

Enterprise development

We support local entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing resources to enable market support, training, and access.

Social Protection

This program is designed to mitigate vulnerable social and economic difficulties.

Securing Assets

IIRR supports locals in procuring resources, such as land tenure, to promote equity.

Highlights of our work

IIRR has helped distribute 20,000 land titles/Certificates of Customary in Uganda. We have invested $3.6 million in Asia and Africa. Many of these programs provide locals with tools for financial inclusion and help them secure funding and assets.


land titles secured


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We highlight some detailed examples of our work below:

Financial Inclusion

Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA) in Uganda

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Social Protection

Social Protection programs with local communities and Guinayangan government


Enterprise development

CLI-MARK project in Ethiopia

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Securing Assets

Land tenure and financial stability in Uganda

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