Help turn traditions into livelihoods and empower lives!
In June change the lives of 150 rural artisans living on less than US$1/day in Timor-Leste. With only US$15 you can help get them tools, training, mentoring and access to market.
Changing lives with innovative training, mentoring, sustainable livelihoods and micro-business!
Building opportunities, not charity
Working passionately to create opportunities to build better futures in Timor-Leste through economic empowerment.
A dream of two, a journey of many
From dream to reality – how passion, innovation and hard work is changing lives in the poorest country in Asia.
Award winning Timorese NGO, innovating and empowering lives since 2010
Be part of change, for better futures and empowered lives.
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Short-term, long-term or home-based opportunities to give and learn.
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Check out what people have to say about us!
We were able to sign our name. For the first time in our lives. And we can write numbers to know how much we spend and how much we receive. It’s amazing
Weavers group, Suai
“I remember seeing the older women from the village making pots and being amazed. I am very happy to be part of this group and feel very lucky to be taught this important tradition from my community. I want to continue to learn and do more and better pots”
Come with Hope and return with a Souvenir - means the training provided by ED greatly helped women to do better in their businesses. This training they considered as a Souvenir for them to implement in their business in future
Uma Pas Coordinator, Baucau
Empreza Diak’s training helped me to understand that I had to make different products and promote my work. There are a few tailors and sewers in town, but everyone is making school uniforms. I now make repairs and have just started making bags that no one else is doing so I am getting more clients
We have had over 30 volunteers – both long and short term – form Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, USA, Brazil, UK
"The Empreza Di’ak team has been most warm and welcoming to me, giving me the opportunity to travel out to the districts and experience Timor in a unique way. I hope I have given them as much as they have given me. Volunteering for Empreza Di’ak has been a wonderful experience. I feel that within a short space of time I have become a part of the ED family! I am happy to have been able to use my skills to help such a fantastic NGO."
My Linh Le - Volunteer
"Empreza Di’ak gives you the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of development projects and the chance to work with enthusiastic and passionate people."
Melanie McIntosh - Volunteer
"Empreza Di’ak does fantastic work helping to improve the lives of people from poor communities in Timor-Leste. Working as a volunteer here has given me the chance to learn a lot about Timor-Leste as well as giving me valuable insight into development and business promotion."
Niall Almond - Volunteer
"Empreza Di’ak has found a powerful way to improve people’s living standards by creating and linking markets. And I was part of it!!! I will definitely recommend volunteering with Empreza Di’ak."
German Martinez - Volunteer
"My experience at Empreza Di’ak has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow professionally from accomplished and inspiring people."
Siofra Robinson - Volunteer
Local products, better lives
Developing and improving local products that generate income for those who need the most
Bringing local know-how and experience to research, development and improvement of Market and Supply Chain Development projects
Local groups and grassroots communities
Group strengthening, training, product development and access to market for sustainable livelihoods
Our partners and sponsors
Since 2011 these organizations have helped us empower lives. A special word of appreciation to his Excellency President José Ramos-Horta who, in 2011, awarded Empreza Diak’s first grant and was the first public supporter of our mission, both in Timor-Leste and abroad.