CARE has been working in Benin since 1995.
Almost 30 per cent of Benin’s population lives below the national poverty line, and only one-third of the population knows how to read and write.
Earning a decent living
CARE manages long-term projects that help poor families to improve their income.
For example, CARE is helping poor rural communities in Benin to improve their income by supporting rural credit and savings associations, known as village banks.
As part of this Benin is one of the countries where we work with microfinance institution partners to offer financial support to small business entrepreneurs, in the form of micro loans, through our lendwithcare programme.
When poor families have access to savings and cheap loans, they are able to plan for the future and borrow money to make small investments, such as buying seeds, livestock or farming equipment, which will increase their future earnings.
Fighting HIV and AIDS
We are increasing awareness of HIV among traders and drivers who travel through the country. The goal of the project is to reduce the spread of HIV among traders, drivers and their families, who are at high risk of contracting the virus.