Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI equality through economic empowerment

About LGBTI poverty

Micro Rainbow International Foundation’s previous studies into LGBTI poverty in CambodiaBrazil and among refugees in the United Kingdom have supported the argument that there is a link between discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity and poverty.

They also show that when poverty is combined with multiple forms of discrimination, such as gender, race, class and, most importantly, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, there develops a reality of massive socio-economic inequality and exclusion. Put simply, LGBTI people pay a higher price to step out of poverty.

About our economic empowerment and advocacy programme

After piloting and testing activities for over five years, we have shaped an LGBTI-centred economic empowerment and advocacy programme which includes the following activities:

Our economic empowerment programme is already showing three interesting results:

  • It creates new, practical and life-changing opportunities that do not exist locally (to improve skills, to improve chances to find jobs, to set up small businesses) for LGBTI people to step out of poverty. It is instrumental in improving the livelihoods of many poor LGBTI people;
  • It changes social attitudes and the negative stereotypes that society often associates with LGBTI people. In Cambodia for example society believes that LGBTI people are destined to be homeless, poor and at the margins of society. However, our programme shows that when people start to earn some money and help the family, the community and society financially, their status improves and there is greater acceptance;

It provides new data and life stories that are powerful tools for local advocacy for better rights.

Latest updates

LGBTI micro-finance

LGBTI micro-finance

The article explains why LGBTI people in Cambodia are financially excluded and why they become or stay poor. It also explains what MRI is doing to ensure that LGBTI people can access micro-finance products to step out of poverty.

LGBTI economic empowerment in rural Cambodia

LGBTI economic empowerment in rural Cambodia

MRI visited and consulted with the LGBTI community in Somroung Yong district, which is part of the Takeo Province to tackle poverty of LGBTI people by providing technical support and financial assistance.

Andréa Brazil

Through the eyes of a trans activist

To celebrate Transgender Visibility Month, we share the story of a trans activist who joined our small business course and became a member of our Brazil team.

Poverty Reduction of LGBTI people in Cambodia

In Cambodia, LGBTI people face bullying at school and economic hardship because of family rejection. This reality of discrimination means that LGBTI students have higher school dropout rates than the overall student population.

Pink at work

Pink At Work

PINK AT WORK is an online platform of products and services offered by LGBT entrepreneurs.

LGBTI Diversity at the Rio Olympics

LGBTI Diversity at the Rio Olympics

In the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil’s team was led by a trans model, symbolising the event’s focus on inclusion of sexual and gender diversity. MRI was part of this story.

Entrepreneurship can lead to LGBTI inclusion

At a press conference on 15th August MRI launched a new publication compiling some of the success stories of socioeconomic inclusion and empowerment of LGBT people in the fight against homo and transphobia, due to Micro Rainbow’s poverty reduction activities in Brazil.

LGBTI Entrepreneurship

Micro Rainbow launches a pioneering publication, “LGBT Entrepreneurship: case studies of socioeconomic empowerment in Rio de Janeiro between 2015-2017”.