WHY ARE LIVELIHOODS IMPORTANT?
Livelihoods enable the procurement of food, water, clothing and housing for an individual or family to a standard above their basic needs in a dignified manner. The importance of livelihoods in a capitalist, globalised economy cannot be understated, the ability to make a living in the modern world relies on the skills to create valuable products and access to local, national and global markets.
For women especially the ability to support themselves and their families independently is incredibly important. By closing the gap between women’s and men’s participation in the workforce women could bring in up to 76% more income, income that would go towards education for their children, sanitation systems for their homes, cleaner energy, better food and improved services. It has been well documented that women in control of household incomes improves child nutrition, education and health, it is simply a lack of education and initial resources that prevents many women from taking ownership of livelihood opportunities.
In many communities women already undertake highly skilled work within the home such as child and elderly care, embroidery, seamstressing, cooking, cleaning, educating and other crafts. These skills are highly sought after in the new globalised economy and are excellent ways for women to bring in extra income.
Our projects support women through the first steps of livelihood empowerment by providing initial education and capital resources in order to forge better futures for them and their families.