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Street Vendor Business for poor families

Street Vendor for Livelihood Improvement and Poverty Alleviation

We at Crisis Aid strongly believe in helping people earn a decent living and become financially independent and self-sufficient, instead of providing them with continuous assistance. In this way they don’t have to be regularly provided with food, medicines, shelter, clothing etc. They will be able to earn their own living.

One poor family or individual will be provided with a pushcart and supplies like vegetables to sell as street vendors. It costs £250 for a pushcart and supplies to start a street vending business. From the profits the poor family will invest in more items to sell, therefore bringing a regular income into their home, which they otherwise would not have.

This self-employment philosophy is derived from the following incident during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and begged from him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him if he has anything in his house. He replied: “Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water”. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him to bring those items to him and helped him sell them for two dirhams. He (peace be upon him) asked the Ansari to buy food with one dirham, buy an axe with the second dirham and go and gather firewood and sell it. The man went away, and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to the prophet and told him that he had bought a garment and food with his earnings. (Abu Dawud, Hadith 1637).

What is Costs?

It costs £250 to help a family start pushcart vendor business and allow them to stand on their own two feet. Please donate generously by clicking the donate button below.