Empowerment & Self-Sufficiency

Every person has the right to hope and dream.

We believe empowerment is the first step towards transformation and essential to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty.


Lack of access to opportunity and limited prospects for the future, particularly for youth, women and other marginalized groups negatively impacts impoverished communities around the world. We witness first-hand how the lack of training and employment opportunities, perpetuate poverty, crime, child abandonment, exploitation and dependency. HRI is working to change this reality by empowering individuals to take control of their own futures.


Our empowerment focused programs are results-oriented and work to improve knowledge, develop skills and create viable income generation options for women and young adults through a “pay-it-forward”approach that helps the next generation of program participants. Each person has the opportunity to help themselves, their family and their community move towards a more economically stable, socially inclusive, and responsible future.


  • Micro-Enterprise Development for Youth: Offers young adults the opportunity to develop marketable skills to apply in their communities and become financially independent.
  • Supplemental Income Generation for WomenCreates new revenue streams options for marginalized women. Helping women earn money alleviates hunger in the household, ensures better access to health care and education, and reduces overall poverty for families.
  • 4HER: Capacity Training for Women: Helps combat various forms of domestic violence and gender inequality, and increases family health outcomes, as well as earning potential.

I am thrilled to be in partnership with Rachel Zelon and HRI. I’ve seen the HRI operation in person – it’s making a huge impact on the community.

Mickey Hensley
Collective Acts