Our Focus

This is Our Work at a Glance

We put a lot of thought into tackling poverty and inequality. Together with our partners we’re solving problems, creating solutions and building a more prosperous and inclusive world for all.

Why Cuso?

Because Cuso is focused on the long-term. We work with others to create opportunity by delivering resources and sharing the skills needed to thrive. When women, girls and youth are uplifted, their families and communities prosper too. They become the change-makers and mentors, sharing their new skills and knowledge with others. The impact of our work doesn’t stop when our projects come to an end. It continues to grow.

Skills to end poverty: 'The Cuso Effect'

We know that change starts with sharing what you know. That’s why we’ve been sharing the skills needed to create long-lasting change for almost 60 years and counting. Generations of people in more than 100 countries have benefited from training, mentoring and support to hone their abilities. In turn, they become the mentors—training and supporting countless others.

“I signed up and I followed the training for one year and six months. After my training I decided not to work for anyone. I want to be independent.”

Nadette is saving for her own plot of land thanks to an agricultural training program in Porto Nuevo, Benin and she's inspiring other young women to take up the challenge.

Where Cuso works

We reach millions of people through our programs in Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and North America.

We are currently working with communities in:

Benin, Cameroon, Canada (NT), Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jamaica, Laos, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, Tanzania

Explore our focus areas

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Empowering women and girls

We're creating more inclusive communities for women and girls by focusing on empowerment, education, equity and health.

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Improving opportunities for youth

We're increasing employment opportunities for youth by working with employers, entrepreneurs and individuals.

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Harnessing the power of volunteers

We're helping our partners amplify their impact by mobilizing skilled professionals to provide long-term support.