Invisible Children invests in small-scale livelihood development projects to strengthen local economies, unite diverse communities and reduce exposure to violence and exploitation. Each project is unique to the community’s self-identified needs and existing resources. They range from small business to investments in local infrastructure, to savings and loan associations.

In each community, Invisible Children facilitates the formation of a local management group made up of diverse members of the community. We then work with each group to design a project that provides sustainable economic benefits to the wider community.








By the numbers

10 livelihood development projects

More than 700 participants directly benefitting from projects

52% of project participants are female

Income-Generating Activities

In some communities, Invisible Children provides an initial investment to group projects that provide a direct income for the participants and alleviate  an economic need within the community. For example, in some communities, Invisible Children invests in small livestock, seeds, and/or farming equipment while providing business training to participants. 

Investments in Local Infrastructure

Where relevant, Invisible Children invests in projects that improve or enhance infrastructure that contributes the economic opportunities available to the community. This can include repairing roads used for trade, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives, and other community projects

Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA)

In most communities, we support the formation of local VSLAs through which participants reinvest resources in sustainable local businesses and projects. Through providing low-interest community loans, participants support one another and open up more opportunities for other members of their community, ensuring that the project has an even wider, long-lasting impact.


Invisible Children supports sustainable livelihood development projects in communities in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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