Financial independence brings a whole lot of dignity. Because it isn’t just about a pay cheque (though that is important too). Business – social or otherwise – is about dignity. It’s about individuals having the opportunity to take control of their futures, build their confidence, express themselves, and form meaningful relationships with a wider community. It is a place to support oneself and build social capital.

To this end, Hagar partners with and invests in local businesses that provide safe and supportive work environments for women and youth who may have no work experience and are still recovering from past trauma.

In Cambodia, many women and youth have their first formal work experience at Hagar Catering and Facilities Management.

Hagar’s enterprise partner in Vietnam is Joma Bakery Café which provides training and employment for clients.

And Hagar’s model of social enterprise is currently being adapted to the Afghan context to empower women in culturally acceptable ways.

Because that’s what it takes to restore broken lives to wholeness.