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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

Hand in Hand International creates community saving groups made up mostly by women who support each other, save together and learn together. Group members are trained to develop small businesses that make the most of their skills and potential. In many cases where microloans are provided, thanks to group support, they are always paid back. Hand in Hand International also helps entrepreneurs scale up their businesses by connecting them to larger markets.

Hand-in Hand International has been a partner of the Secondment Program since 2016.
To date, 4 J&J secondees have or are currently taking part in a long-term secondment.

Positive, long-term impact to the NGO partner

In 2016, Hand in Hand International became a partner of the Secondment Program and, to date, three Johnson & Johnson employees have been seconded to the NGO’s headquarters in London, supporting the organization in business development and corporate fundraising within specific geographical regions, with a further secondee joining in 2018. Each secondee is selected based on their own cultural knowledge and the specific needs of the role to deliver a positive, long-term impact to the NGO partner.

Bringing new learnings and fresh insights back into the business

Working with Hand in Hand International in London, Alona established a key contact with GIZ, the international development arm of the German government. As a result, a four-month grant was provided to Hand in Hand International to implement a program in Afghanistan to help 500 refugees and internally displaced people work their way towards a more prosperous, sustainable future in the country’s growing poultry value chain. The partnership with GIZ has since been extended to reach a total of 2,000 beneficiaries.

“As a supply chain professional with 10+ years’ experience in logistics I am used to managing different projects. Achieving funding from the German government was my personal ambitious target for this Secondment.”

Alona Perunova
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Ukraine, 2017 Secondment with Hand in Hand International, UK