Working with partners, Africa's Gift has helped UK communities, schools, and communities in the developing world to develop a number of micro-business projects that focus on income generation and economic development.
Projects range from agriculture, livestock husbandry, and selling locally produced food, to weaving and jewellery making.
In the developing world, the money the communities earn is used to support themselves and their families, as well as being reinvested in the business.
Similarly, monies generated by the UK community are reinvested in community projects.
These projects are powerful exemplars of how working in partnership can deliver mutual benefits for communities in the UK and in the developing world.
For communities in the developing world living on less than a dollar a day, the ability to generate income from a sustainable business is a crucial step forward. Not only do these projects support more of the population, they also give sense of pride and self-reliance.
For UK communities these enterprise projects provide valuable business and work experience; skills and experiences that can improve employment prospects and be a useful testing ground for future entrepreneurs.
The enterprise projects are also highly significant in crossing economic and generational divides, often appealing to different sectors of the community. The success of the projects for all communities depends on people of all ages working together, sharing knowledge and skills, supporting each other.
These enterprise projects change lives - not just one life, but the lives of whole communities.