Self-Employment/Micro Finance

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Self-Employment and Micro Finance are important steps to gain financial independence by earning one´s own income. Nominations shall include practical examples as well as training and financial support programs.

The UN CRPD convention foresees in Article 19 under the topic Independent Living and Political Participation, the full inclusion and participation in the community of persons with disabilities. This includes the right for employment, defined in Article 27, that mentions opportunities for self-employment, entrepreneurship, the development of cooperatives and starting one’s own business. We will therefore focus on Microfinance, Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship, in order to draw a line to the employment topic.

ENIL states that Independent Living is the:

opportunity to make choices and decisions regarding where to live, with whom to live and how to live.” Self-Employment is the possibility to start one´s own business and Microfinance is the supply of financial means to micro enterprises.

Nominations shall not contain:

  • Micro Finance in general
  • Pure Employment or Education focused (not individual based)
  • Other support measures against poverty or discrimination

Zero Project Awardees

Here are some examples of successful nominations from previous calls for nominations on the topic of Independent Living.