Support for Self-Employment
Support Head Held High’s fundraising campaign to support 20 youths from Koppal (a small town in Karnataka) to get back on their feet post-COVID pandemic by providing them training, support, and investment required for creating self-employment opportunity.
The Covid-19 crisis has been a disruptive force globally but its impact on economically vulnerable sections of the society could be devastating. There are parts of rural and small towns India (including places like Koppal) that need support in order to get back on their feet. In many of these, there is fear and uncertainty in the air as the activities that sustain the economy – primarily farming and small scale industry – have been badly hit during this time.
Not only has the crisis upended the economies of these fragile communities but it has also made the future of these rural and underprivileged youth uncertain and at stake. We need timely interventions for them – interventions that can help them escape a cycle of poverty and deprivation.
WHY SELF-EMPLOYMENT IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR RURAL YOUTH IN THE POST-COVID WORLD
OUR SOLUTION: RURAL BUSINESSES BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE
The organization believes that rural self-employment can provide a path to financial security for these youth. They have successfully tested this model through a community-based setup in Wadi, Karnataka where, since 2019, 30 women have been engaged in producing bags and other textile products for city markets.
The Head Held High Foundation looks forward to taking this a step further and help a group of rural youth in Karnataka in setting up businesses that cater to their local community. “By the people, for the people” is the guiding philosophy behind this effort. The organization intends to run the campaign as a 12-month intervention to help these youth start-ups at the village level and be in a position to generate sustained income over the long run.
Here are a few viable livelihood options that they have identified for these youth.
- Help a group of 20 youth to each identifies a viable business idea aimed at their local community.
- Provide a mini-grant of Rs 10,000 to each of them.
- Mentor and support them for one year through an ecosystem of volunteers and partners.
They plan to roll out similar interventions in rural communities across India once they have data and results from this campaign to guide them further.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP
All funds from this campaign will be used to provide mini-grants to the 20 young people that the organization has already identified as needy beneficiaries for this intervention. They are asking for support from individual donors in order to avoid burdening these youth with microfinance loans. They want to help change the lives of these underprivileged youth by harnessing the collective humanity.
To enable youth from rural and fragile communities to survive the current crisis and set them on a path to financial stability and security.
We, at Wishonary, have joined hands with them to make their campaign successful and to vouch for a change that stays!
For more details about the campaign, please contact us:
Deepti Natrajan: Deepti.natarajan@head-Held-high.org
Sangita Srinivasan: Sangita.firstname.lastname@example.org