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.

Many woman and youth from Hagar’s programmes have no work experience and are still recovering from past trauma. To this end, Hagar Social Enterprise Group (HSEG) partners with and invests in local social businesses that provide meaningful training, employment and career progression opportunities in a safe and supportive work environments for women.

Social business investments are one of Hagar’s tools to facilitate clients’ journeys toward Economic Empowerment and youth who may have no work experience and are still recovering from past trauma.

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

Learn more about Hagar’s social enterprise partners and investments:

Solar Stoves in Afghanistan

With the sun beaming down on Afghan soil more than 300 days a year, Starlight Afghan Free Energy, a social enterprise in Afghanistan, is capitalizing on the opportunity with solar technology.

Not only do Starlight’s solar-powered stoves provide a healthy and sustainable means to cook for Afghan households, they have also opened the doors of opportunity for vulnerable women in the country, including women from Hagar. Through Starlight, women gain the skills they need to live independently.

Interview with Nathan about Starlight.

Hagar Catering & Facilities Management

Hagar Catering & Facilities Management (HCFM) is Hagar’s enterprise investment in Cambodia. Hagar launched the business as a small food-cart enterprise in the late 1990’s. With the support of a joint venture partner, HCFM is now the country’s leading industrial catering service, preparing over 50,000 meals per month and employing over 170 individuals.

Read Phannary’s Story

Joma Bakery Café, Vietnam

Joma Bakery Café was started in 1999 in Laos by a pair of families. Joma is Bakery Café isdedicated to fresh, high-quality food and coffee, exceptional customer service, and empowering surrounding people and communities. In 2009, HSEG, the Joma founders and three impact investment funds formed Joma International to expand Joma’s business model throughout Southeast Asia, and to provide training, employment and career progression opportunities to clients from Hagar and other NGOs. Joma International also Hagar’s enterprise partner in Vietnam. They contributedonates a percentage of annual sales to support the mission of the Hagar’s mission. Joma Vietnam is Hagar Vietnam’s primary training and employment partner.organisation as well as provide dignified employment opportunities for women from Hagar programmes in Vietnam through its cafés and wholesale business.

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