767 million people live on $2.85(NZD) or less a day – below the international poverty line.*

Many feel their situation is hopeless. We believe people can change their world.


You can help them get started.

By donating today
you will help set up: 


Self Help Groups

India and Ethiopia.

These groups transform people with renewed hope as they help and support each other to work their way out of poverty. By meeting regularly and combining savings they’re able to grow their money and take small loans to pay for urgent needs, start businesses, and pay for their children’s education. For every $1 invested in Self Help Groups in Ethiopia there’s an estimated $50 return!

Farming co-ops

Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vanuatu and the Philippines.

People thrive and are able to provide for their families as they receive training and access to equipment so they can work their way out of poverty. The average family income increases up to five-and-a-half times as a result!

People like you have helped to set up:

2000+ Self Help Groups

51+ Farming Cooperatives

As a result, people report feeling a greater sense of confidence, self-esteem, and the ability to solve problems they face. But there are many more people in need.

Double your donations

If we raise $200,000 this Christmas, you’ll help to unlock match-funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme, meaning your donations will have twice the impact**!


Will you help by donating today?

Your donation will go to our Enterprise and Empowerment work.


Arutsothy outside her farm.

Anita Patel. India

Seamstress. Single-mum. Fighter.

“When I got married, my husband said he’d be very honest and good with me. I found out when I was two months pregnant he was already married. He stays with his wife, but he comes and goes from here when he wants. He doesn’t give me any expenses, he takes advantage of me, that’s how it is.”

With no support from her husband, Anita works until midnight sewing clothes.

“If I don’t get customers, I have to go hungry. There is no other option. I can ignore my pain but I can’t ignore my son’s. I dream that he studies well and grows up to be a good man.”

Anita is starting the journey of filing for divorce and child support. “I have to make a better future for my children and myself.” She is expecting her second child in a month.

You can renew hope in people like Anita by connecting them with Self Help Groups where they receive the help and support they need. Donate today.

  • 767 million people live on less than $2.85(NZD) a day.

    That’s below the international poverty line.

  • Farming cooperatives – 5.5x income increase

    Incomes increase up to five-and-a-half times after joining our partners’ farming cooperatives in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vanuatu and the Philippines.

  • Self Help Groups – $1 = $50

    For every $1 invested in Self Help Groups in Ethiopia there’s an estimated $50 return

About Tearfund

Motivated by Jesus, we encourage Kiwis to act for justice to relieve poverty among the world's most vulnerable people. This is our faith in action.

We pride ourselves on spending under 25% on admin costs.

Learn more in our financial information.

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*Source: UN poverty statistics
** The New Zealand Aid Programme supports our projects in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Their contribution is limited to $1,266,670 this year