CUFA is an international development agency dedicated to combating poverty across the Asia-Pacific region. CUFA’s core programs focus on economic, education, enterprise and employment activities, all of which enable people to lift themselves out of poverty and strengthen their communities. Instead of giving hand-outs, CUFA works to provide the skills, knowledge and resources required for people to break out of poverty while offering ongoing support.
CUFA facilitates the creation of community banks, new micro-enterprises, employment placement programs and financial literacy education. Its work helps individuals, families and communities create sustainable livelihoods and participate in their local economies, and it empowers people to imagine brighter futures for themselves.
CUFA is fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Aid program, and a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development’s Code of Conduct.
Our unique development approach centres on the individual with its impact extending to the whole community. Instead of just giving money, CUFA teaches people how to use it. We help entrepreneurs to develop small businesses, providing employment opportunities and retaining income within the village. We teach children from a young age how to save money so they are better equipped to save well and avoid debt when they grow up, and we provide the training and resources to foster ethical and inclusive financial services so that everybody in the village has the opportunity to save, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, mobility or relative wealth.
This approach increases the capacity of locals to lift themselves out of poverty, in effect, creating sustainable change to hundreds of thousands of people across the region.