One of our strategic pillars is family transformation achieved through socio-economic empowerment. We empower indigenous and vulnerable families by equipping and providing them with the necessary resources and tools that families can use to improve their well-being.

For instance, women in rural African communities play a significant role in providing for their families. We have witnessed indigenous women working so hard for so little, thus struggling to feed their children. PIPES International resolved to empower these women through training and initiating small businesses. Since many of them are uneducated, vocational training was appropriate for them.

We've organized women groups in saving groups, established four sewing schools, and graduated 60 women in sewing schools in Rwanda and Pakistan. Currently, we have 20 students receiving sewing skills in Rwanda, 10 in Burundi, and 20 in Pakistan.

We have also helped women start small businesses to support their families. Maria is one of the women in Rwanda who has benefited from this program. She cooks assorted food (Mandazi, samosa) at home and distributes food in her neighborhood. Maria supports her children's education and feeds her family with her earnings.

Water is an essential commodity for human beings. In Pakistan, we have provided seven shallow wells that have benefited communities, especially among the Jogi indigenous people group of Pakistan. This has contributed to improved health among children and adults.

We have moved indigenous families from beggars to responsible citizens by supporting local farmers with training, manure, and providing quality seeds.
In 2022, we assisted over 250 farmers in Burundi. For a long time, they have depended on handouts. However, in 2022 after being trained and supported with seeds to plant, they planted maize, beans, and potatoes, harvested enough food to feed their families, and received an income after selling the surplus.

In the long term, we will establish a "Modern Farming Program" for community leaders and local farmers who will receive training on improved farming techniques, understanding markets, financial literacy, and budgeting. These leaders will then train farmers in their local communities, thus multiplying the impact.