Wholistic Sustainable Programs

Impactful development—the kind that sustainably meets the needs of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of a community—requires integrated solutions that address the root causes and unique circumstances in each community.

Economic Empowerment

Earning capacity and savings are the basis for physical poverty alleviation. When someone’s able to provide for their family, they have more dignity and a better understanding of their self-worth. We focus on economic empowerment opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and innovation to create value in a given economy.

micro enterprise
Program Examples:
  • Catalyzing community-based savings and loan groups

  • Training on savings and work ethics

  • Structured skills training for improved job prospecting

  • Agricultural development training in rural contexts

  • Cooperatives to improve economies of scale for small-scale farmers

  • Small-scale manufacturing to scale product production

Social Engagement

Social Engagement is the basis for breaking the poverty cycle. Nothing changes when nothing is changed. LIA works to equip and walk alongside communities as they identify the structural evil that perpetuates their circumstances. Furthermore, LIA encourages its local church partners to fully utilize their unique role in the community by advocating for its most vulnerable members.

social engangement
Program Examples:
  • Mobilize communities to represent and protect themselves from systems that oppress

  • Organize communities for relevant leadership, accountability, ownership and feasible transformational development initiatives

  • Giving voice and representation to the most marginalized citizens

  • Conducting participatory needs assessments and joint planning with stakeholders

  • Forming community-based cooperatives and support groups to initiate and expand transformational development initiatives

  • Building the capacity of local government bodies to ensure effective service delivery and customer satisfaction

  • Coordinating efforts with local government bodies to provide access to basic health, education and land issues

  • Creating representative steering committees to ensure sustained impact after LIA has phased out


Education is the basis for development. All our initiatives include community wide seminars and educational interventions targeting the identified needs, assets, and capacity within a community. Specific attention is always given to developing the practical theology of our church partners within the community.

Program Examples:
  • Establishing sustainable and quality church-based elementary schools

  • Biblical worldview courses for church volunteers

  • Theological training for partner church pastors (envisioning, Training of Trainers, two-year diploma program)

  • Tutoring and education for street children

  • Community health trainings focused on disease prevention and health promotion

  • Providing economic empowerment trainings

  • Providing English as a second language courses

  • Providing relevant focus-group based trainings per identified training needs

Community Health

Health is the basis for life. Each and every community we serve has a specific emphasis on disease prevention, health promotion, and care. The community plays a vital role in identifying the areas of greatest need and implementing health programs that build upon existing assets, capacity, and the established health network.

Program Examples:
  • Establishing scalable and sustainable community clinics

  • Establishing scalable and sustainable WASH facilities (water supply sanitation and hygiene)

  • Mobilizing local church volunteers to educate and prevent HIV transmission from mothers to children.

  • Implementing targeted nutrition programs for children under five and single mothers

  • Conducting community training sessions on health, hygiene and disease prevention

  • Capacity-building and networking with local government health providers to improve access to primary health care services

  • Home visits conducted by trained church members to evaluate and promote safe household hygiene practices

  • Including health education topics into church sermons