When one person is able to earn a regular income, the whole family benefits. When one business start-up loan is repaid – and 98% of our interest-free loans are repaid – the money can be used to help another family, and another.
A single donation is recycled to help family after family, to earn for themselves for years to come, which is a form of sadaqah jariyah, or ongoing charity. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except three: a continuing charity…” (Muslim) Give, and the reward could outlive you.
Current project – Chechnya
In Chechnya, thousands of women were left widowed by the horrific war, struggling to support their orphaned children. With little employment opportunities, particularly for women, Islamic Relief is giving them a chance…by giving them a cow! Each family receives a pregnant calf, which provides milk and dairy products – these will not only be eaten by the family, but also sold at the market to earn an income. Best of all, when the cows give birth, the new calf will be given to another family in need, helping them to start earning a living too!