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With its holistic approach, Caritas Switzerland helps people to escape from poverty and strengthen their resilience. To achieve this, Caritas Switzerland sets two priorities: Market system development, and employment and capabilities.
Participation in markets can help poor people like smallholder families, small entrepreneurs and vulnerable workers to increase their income through increased sales, cost reduction and better working conditions. At the same time, successful integration into market systems depends not only on the capacities of the producers or other actors, but also on many additional factors and rules that shape and influence the market system. Caritas Switzerland complements market analyses with socio-economic analyses and environmental and climate surveys to ensure socially, ecologically and economically meaningful and sustainable practices.
Since the ability to work offers the greatest potential for people in poverty to improve their situation, decent employment opportunities
are of key importance in combating poverty. With the focus on employment and capabilities, Caritas Switzerland concentrates on the development of professional skills. The vulnerable part of the population who do not have a vocational qualification or cannot find suitable employment, in particular young people, women, minorities or the rural population in general, is thus enabled to (re)enter the world of work and helped to successfully compete in the labour market. Skills that are in demand in the labour market are strengthened in vocational training and further training programmes, enhancing jobseekers’ chances of employment.