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.
To this end, Hagar partners with and invests in local businesses that provide safe and supportive work environments for women and youth who may have no work experience and are still recovering from past trauma.
In Afghanistan, Starlight provides work opportunities for vulnerable women, including women from Hagar.
In Cambodia, many women and youth have their first formal work experience at Hagar Catering and Facilities Management.
Hagar’s enterprise partner in Vietnam is Joma Bakery Café which provides training and employment for clients.
Because that’s what it takes to restore broken lives to wholeness.
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.
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.
Joma Bakery Café, Vietnam
Joma Bakery Café was started in 1999 in Laos by a pair of families. Joma Bakery Café is dedicated to fresh, high-quality food and coffee, exceptional customer service, and empowering surrounding people and communities. In 2009, Hagar Social Enterprise Group (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 is also Hagar’s enterprise partner in Vietnam. They donate a percentage of annual sales to support Hagar’s mission. Joma Vietnam is Hagar Vietnam’s primary training and employment partner organisation, which provides dignified employment opportunities for women from Hagar programmes in Vietnam through its cafés and wholesale business.