BUILDING LIVELIHOODS

INTRODUCTION

Poverty is a manmade problem, not a natural occurrence, therefore it is the responsibility of all men to find a solution to it. At Alight we believe that abundance is everywhere and everyone can succeed if they are given a chance to uncap their potential.

OUR WORK

Our livelihood and skill development programs are designed to do just that – to give individuals and communities an opportunity to develop their skills and talents, to lift themselves out of poverty and become self-sustainable. We don’t come with ready-made solutions – we engage in a dialogue and we co-design the solutions based on local needs and resources. We respect indigenous knowledge and traditional skills and we seek the ways to turn those into valuable assets.

We support the livelihood of individuals, families and communities in many ways, based on the needs and circumstances: we deliver vocational training, we provide wheat and livestock, we teach basic skills needed for job seeking, we supply start-up kits and initial material support to help people help themselves. We believe in people’s right of self-determination and we recognize the importance of equity. We help build the organizational capacity of communities – we give people back their voice and their dignity. We know that strong communities offer the best network of support and are more resilient.

It is our mission to empower the people so that they would not have to rely on assistance of the organizations like ours. Even though the livelihood programs are often addressed to people who lost their means of support as a result of natural disasters, we always try to go beyond emergency aid. Our strategies are designed for the long-lasting positive impact, not just a temporary relief.

BUILDING LIVELIHOODS

This year 91 youths from the mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan enrolled into our skill development training as part of the Gamzaan project. All of our graduates received the certificate accredited by Allama Iqbal Open University and a set of tools enabling them to start on work. The male students were trained in masonry – and some of them already used their newly acquired skills to build their own houses. The female students learnt sewing and stitching techniques and after completing the course a group of them started “Chuk Phutuk Enterprises” – a start-up sewing and handicraft business.