Livelihood: Self Employment Scheme

Livelihood: Self Employment Scheme

Poverty in India is widespread. In 2014, according to the latest World Bank report, a total of 11.8 per cent of all people in India live below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day. Most of them do not have source or means to earn their livelihood. In other words, they are unable to secure the basic necessities -food, water, shelter and clothing- of life for themselves or those who are dependent on them.

Beside lack of money, there are several other factors that hinder an individual from finding a proper livelihood. Some of them are lack of education, no work skills and bad health. One problem leads to other, trapping an individual into a vicious cycle from which it becomes almost impossible to come out.

These people need support. A handful fo government schemes are not enough to support all of them. The Human Welfare Foundation is doing its bit to help as many poor people of the country as it can to come out of this vicious cycle of poverty, hunger bad health, education and unemployment.

The HWF runs various self-employment schemes under Vision 2016. Distribution of rikshaws and vegetable/fruit carts is part of it. We believe giving a meal for a day to a poor is not beneficial for his entire life. Rather give him a means to earn his meal and feed himself or herself and his or her dependents for the entire life. The HWF Rikshaw project aims at producing a small but continuous source of income for the poor family.

We also give vocational trainings to inculcate and enhance the technical skills among youths, which ultimately help them earn their livelihood and become self dependent. To needy women, it gives training in stitching and sewing machines so that they could earn enough money to survive with their family.

The HWF also assists poor and needy people in setting up grocery shop/vegetable shop, fruit shop. The Foundation is also pursuing a National Skill Development Council Programe through partner organizations.

These initiatives not only assist them in meeting their day-to-day needs and boost their confidence but also indirectly save the society from various kinds of social evils.

We need support – both moral and financial to continue this efforts in better ways for better results.