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Employment

We work with local and national partners to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in economic empowerment programmes.

A close-up of a woman using a sewing machine in Uganda.

Disability and poverty are inextricably linked. Poverty limits people’s access to health, education and other services, and can push people into accepting more dangerous jobs.

This puts them at higher risk of accidents and disability.

People with disabilities are less likely to escape poverty, as their chances to earn a living are limited by stigma, discrimination and a lack of accessible workplaces. To break this cycle, it’s vital for people with disabilities to be empowered and financially independent.

Sightsavers helps people with disabilities to gain this independence by providing vocational training  and skills. This opens up new opportunities for work and self-empowerment. We also work with private-sector employers to provide employment opportunities and training, and to change attitudes around disability.

Our goal is to show that people with disabilities can be valued, productive employees and to provide them with sustainable access to work.

Sylvia, a graduate of our Connecting the Dots project, is a role model to other young people with disabilities.

This programme has given me an opportunity that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. It is a very big blessing.
Godfrey, trainee beekeeper
Mahousi smiling outside under the trees.

How employment opportunities can change lives

Charles Ahumuza at work as an engineer.

Charles’s story

Charles Ahumuza, who is partially sighted, reveals how Sightsavers’ inclusive employment programme in Uganda has helped him to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming an electrician. Read Charles’s story

Isaac sits outside his mechanics.

Isaac’s story

Mechanic Isaac Bolingo has embraced the opportunity to train young people with disabilities: he has welcomed five interns at his business and is now championing the scheme to other employers. Read Isaac's story

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Employment resources

More about our employment work

A metal plate full of Indian food.
Sightsavers from the field

Indira Rasoi: a kitchen with a difference

In Rajasthan in northern India, an initiative run by people with disabilities is providing fresh food for the community at low prices.

December 2021
Edith with Atugonza, one of the graduates of the Connecting the Dots programme.
Sightsavers blog

Why tackling disability discrimination is key to employment projects

As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.

Edith Kagoya, June 2021
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.
Sightsavers from the field

“As a parent, to see your child happy, is as much as you can ask”

Sightsavers and Sense International supported 14-year-old Hellen and her family from Masindi, Uganda, by helping them communicate with each other and support themselves financially.

April 2020

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