In partnership with various NGOs, The Loomba Foundation supports different livelihood programmes in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.partnership with various NGOs, The Loomba Foundation supports different livelihood programmes in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The livelihoods model used by the Foundation provides widows with the means to start small and independent businesses such as skills training, business management skills, and provisions for micro-credit loans and grants.

One of our earliest project was funding Prince of Wales’ international charity Youth Business International—providing business start-up training and loans for projects to help widows in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Syria and South Africa. In Kenya, The Loomba Foundation provided funding for the NGO Solar Aid, to set up widows in the business of selling solar powered chargers. This also had the added health benefit of reducing the use of polluting fossil fuels.

Elswhere, in Rwanda, in 2010–11, The Loomba Foundation worked with Oxfam GB on an agriculture project to support widows, some of whom had lost their husbands during the 1994 genocide, to become pineapple and dairy farmers. In association with Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and Virgin Unite, The Loomba Foundation has also worked to support youth in South Africa who are affected by AIDS.

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