Pros­per­i­ty can­not be pro­vid­ed, it has to be achieved: This Cre­do of Swis­s­hand is based on a say­ing of Mahat­ma Gandhi.

Swis­s­hand pro­grammes always include train­ing, advice, cred­its, and coach­ing. Most of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries are women, many of them sin­gle moth­ers. After hav­ing suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a basic entre­pre­neur­ial train­ing course and pre­pared their per­son­al busi­ness plan, they are grant­ed a micro cred­it to estab­lish or devel­op their own micro busi­ness. This makes their dream come true and they can safe­guard their own future and that of their children.

Swis­s­hand cur­rent­ly man­ages this kind of incen­tive pro­grammes for small busi­ness­es to over­come pover­ty in about 80 ‑120 under­de­vel­oped regions.

New pro­grammes are added on a reg­u­lar basis, oth­ers again become self-sus­tained and inde­pen­dent. Every year, Swis­s­hand adds 10–20 new pro­grammes for an amount of 220’000.- to 350’000 CHF.