Impact and people
“Women have great business ideas, creativity and innovation. They should make use of those talents”
07 March 2023
Following years of displacement and uncertainty, Samar from Mosul has set up a business making and selling sweets and pastries. She talks about her journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur, with the support of an ILO financial inclusion initiative providing entrepreneurs with trainings and loans to start or expand their businesses.
A journey through Yemen’s labour market
05 March 2023
A new collection of ILO photos captures Yemeni workers and employers at work, demonstrating their struggles, perseverance and optimism for a better future.
International Women’s Day 2023: Embracing Gender Equality at the ILO
03 March 2023
A responsible transition to digital wages: A timely step for Cambodia
02 March 2023
Soriya is a worker in one of the garment factories receiving services from Better Factories Cambodia that has recently transitioned to digital wages. For many garment workers, adapting to this new way of receiving wages has been challenging.
As a refugee, my new skills have given my family hope
28 February 2023
When her husband was killed in 2009, Angelique Kahindo fled the Democratic Republic of Congo with her children to a refugee settlement in Uganda. For years she had no income, but a new opportunity for an apprenticeship has given her the skills and courage to set up her own tailoring business.
"We sincerely want to help people, and make them feel hopeful"
23 February 2023
Ella Albanska’s company participated in packaging and distribution of food for families in need, many of them fleeing from areas affected by the war. With ILO support, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine organized a country-wide effort to engage Ukrainian companies in the manufacturing of humanitarian aid packages.
"We prepare hot dishes and deliver them in the neighbourhoods where there is no gas and electricity"
23 February 2023
Before the war Oleksii Aleksandrov was one of the partners of an ILO-supported training programme for chefs de cuisine in Kherson. After the outbreak of the war, he joined other professionals preparing warm meals for people without gas or electricity, and for families fleeing from regions under military attacks. The ILO provided financial support for this local humanitarian aid programme with the funding coming from the Government of Denmark.
"I could have left, but I stayed"
23 February 2023
Ivanna Khrapko, Ukrainian trade unionist, launched a volunteer initiative after the war broke out to help internally displaced Ukrainians. The ILO assisted trade union efforts and provided support to cover 7,750 bednights and daily food packages for people fleeing the war.
“It was my dream to have a family business and I am happy to have fulfilled it”
09 February 2023
A Syrian refugee in Egypt credits ILO’s business development programmes for providing her with courage to come over challenges and restart her business.
I'm ripping up the myths about disability
06 February 2023
Alfredo Carrasco lost the use of his legs after a biking accident. Determined to return to his love of farming, he found ways to make his family’s farm in Chile more accessible, while also helping other farmers working with a disability.