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The Right to Work

A disabled man outside his stall in Bangladesh

The right to work.

Everyone has the right to make the best of the life they are born into. For most of us that means getting a job and earning a living so we can live independently and support our families.

800 million people are living in extreme poverty.

Disabled people are disproportionately represented among the poorest members of society. Disabled people face huge social and physical barriers which prevent them from earning a living. As well as being a great injustice, this represents a huge pool of unrealised human potential.

Denying disabled people work opportunities leaves us always in an inequitable world.

The barriers blocking disabled people from work opportunities must be dismantled.

Empowering disability activists

We partner with organisations of disability activists to help disabled people access the tools, skills and resources they need to earn a living, such as micro-loans, skills training and business start-up money.

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A Cambodian farmer with her fruit

A path out of poverty.

Disability activists in Cambodia told us they urgently wanted to help lift disabled women out of poverty. Discover what we did to make real change.

Stories

Sok Khoen, Cambodia

Sok Khoen, Cambodia

Sok Khoen had polio as a baby that left her legs disabled. Growing up she rarely left the house. It was until she was 15 years old that ADD International came into her life and she finally found hope.

Monimul, Bangladesh

Monimul, Disability Activist, Bangladesh.

“A disabled boy can’t work, business isn’t for him, he’ll just waste the money”, that was what Mominul’s family used to say. They had no hope for him. “He couldn’t get out of bed by himself.”

After finding out about his case, local disability activists helped him start a business. Now, he is earning enough money through his kiosk to support his family and has also set up his own organisation to promote disibility rights.

A Ugandan woman watering her crops

Lessons from our work.

Read the learnings from our 9-month study, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, that looked at how market-based approaches can work for disabled women in Uganda to help lift them out of poverty.

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.