6 international organizations that support jobs and businesses

Many organizations, both in the United States and abroad, seek to help entrepreneurial individuals and small businesses through microfinance and other means. Here are six organizations that support job creation and new businesses around the world.

3. Develop Africa - 5 African countries

Develop Africa operates in five African countries.

The African continent is often the focus of charitable organizations, and Develop Africa is no exception. Working in the countries of Cameroon, The Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, this nonprofit believes that human resource development is the catalyst for what it terms “nation-building capacity.” This will result in “an African continent fully developed in terms of its human and resource capacity.” To accomplish this, Develop Africa has a four-pronged strategic mandate involving transformational education, resource development, investment training, and strategic empowerment. Prospective donors can sponsor a child, along with funding computer equipment, books and school supplies, and mosquito nets. All of these means of support contribute to individuals furthering their entrepreneurship in the professional world. For the arm of Develop Africa that promotes business, microfinance loans – usually less than $200 – are made to budding entrepreneurs to start or expand a small business. What this does, Develop Africa says, is gradually lift individuals out poverty; lives are changed forever, and so are entire communities.

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