Household economic strengthening (HES) works towards improving the situation of vulnerable children in the slums, by improving their family situation. The program empowers disadvantaged willing parents in becoming better caregivers. This program consists of a wide range of interventions tailored specifically to the family needs. These include seminars to educate families, counseling support, economic empowerment to start up an own business, support for children who never attended school and home visits to support families in reaching their goals.

How does the program work?

All families are identified by social workers through their children. The social worker then referrers the beneficiary to the HES intervention. We support mostly single mothers as their households are usually the most vulnerable. Women have less access to resources, knowledge, and work while simultaneously bearing full responsibility of raising their children. This greatly reduces their capacity and capability of providing a quality environment for their families to grow. Macheo offers a variety of interventions with the goal of helping them become a better parent for their children. The interventions used to improve the family situation are:


Facilitated by our staff in cooperation with the local government and other stakeholders. Examples of the topics are; parenting, child abuse, child rights and applying for health insurance.
Counseling: in some cases vulnerable families need counseling to cope with difficult situations or tragedies such as death, sickness, crime or abandonment. The families will be referred to one of our counselors.

Economic empowerment

Aims to improve the economic status of the families, enabling them to take care of themselves and their children. This involves mostly the startup of small businesses for selected families in HES. Those families receive a one-time donation and intensive coaching on all aspects of starting a business.

Home visits

Social workers support families to reach the goals they have set together. They ensure that progress is being made, provide guidance to the family and help with dealing with setbacks.


  • Macheo assisted 133 families in 2017 to establish new businesses
  • Macheo expanded the program from Kiandutu slum to 6 other areas.