“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how
to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Based on this premise, social entrepreneursestablish businesses which enable the poor and
marginalised to work and fend for themselves.
not about dishing out aid, which is not a sustainable way of eradicating
poverty. People must feel they are capable of helping themselves. Once
empowered, they’re able to hold their heads up high – their dignity restored.
Channels, a non-profit Christian organisation, mothers living around
the Payatas dump site in Manila are trained in the art of making calendars
using dried, pressed flowers. Slick logistics deliver raw materials to the
women and distribute the finished products for sale. Apart from supplementing
the household income, mothers can look after their families as they work from
home. Over 500 families are currently reaping the benefits from this social
entrepreneurshipprogramme. Read more about Care Channels and how it started in the postRESTORING DIGNITY below: RESTORING DIGNITY
management consultant from Singapore is passionate about creative livelihood
programmes which help the poor move from dependency to dignity.