Breaking the cycle of poverty
For decades, NGOs have been researching and establishing social enterprise (micro-enterprise) programs to empower adults of impoverished backgrounds to break free of poverty and debt bondage (bonded labour).
These programs have assisted many families to transform their lives from a hopeless, daily struggle, to life with an authentic sense of progress and happiness.
The women of Shelano in India, source recycled fabrics and repurpose them into blankets, clothes and bags.
The social enterprise is run for the sole purpose of improving the livelihoods of the women.
One employee remarked at how she was able to purchase a gas supply from her savings, enabling her to do a variety of things such as cook and keep the family warm during the colder times of the year.
The second reason for developing micro-enterprises is that it can be used to develop a self-sustaining business models, that give women new opportunity to develop strengths in areas such as leadership, finance, planning and strategy. Those with a desire to develop such skills are empowered to do so.
When the staff are capable of running the program themselves, more resources are freed up to expand the programs scope or resource new programs and models that impact more families.