The study presented in this article applied the capabilities approach to the experiences of low income women survivors of gender-based violence, who worked in the formal and informal economies. Nine women were interviewed about their work histories, alternative resource-generating strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of different types of work, and the impact of gender based violence on their work lives. The authors vetted these experiences through the lens of Nussbaum’s 10 human-functioning capabilities and found that 9 of the 10 capabilities were salient in the lives of these women. Implications for social welfare policy and practice with low-income women survivors are offered. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.