How to Fight Against Poverty in Developing Countries as an Individual

A very normal individual imparting basic literacy to villagers.This could be you.
Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love—Martin Luther King

1 Make an inventory of the skills you can contribute. The skills you can impart in rural areas depending on your expertise are:

Metalsmithing

Plumbing

Carpentry

Simple accounts & admin work (like maintaining books, filing, muster, basic computer skills )

Earthenware and pottery

Cycle, Car & bike repair

Stitching & embroidery

Making, Preserving & packing food items (snacks, pickles, sauce, fruit drinks, meat,fish,eggs,etc.)

Nursing & Midwifery.

Weaving

Beehive, poultry, piggery,& animal husbandry

Computer literacy – Computer literacy is an ongoing program in many villages, community centers are not only equipped with computers, but also with internet. All they need is individuals with skills who can do the imparting.

Otherwise also village administration will be too happy to provide them.

All these skills will have application in their village itself, and products can be sold in the nearby rural areas. Apart from this, there are development agencies working on the projects in the rural areas, which would be

2 Find a way to reach the rural areas. If you are in Asia, or Africa, you just need to travel 100 to 150 miles to reach backward rural areas. There are community places like schools, or community centers. Which you can use for unpacking, overnight stay, bath and changeover needs.

3 Establish contact with the village head or the tribal head. These are the people who will be naturally interested in the welfare of the people in their village, and they are also in position to influence the villagers and organize the imparting programs. These people generally take care of the needs & comforts of the trainers also.

You might be wondering, “Individually, will I be able to convince the village or tribal head for this?” You don’t need to convince them, they are in fact waiting for enthusiastic people like you, and they will either organize programs for you or fit you in the ongoing programs.

4 If you are training them to manufacture products, you need to train them to:
form cooperatives societies and collectively market their produce their wares in the urban and semi urban markets
eliminate middlemen
avoid internal competition.

5 Do not worry about financing to set up cottage industry. This is not your headache, once you impart the skills, there are local micro finance entities that will not only finance these people to set up cottage industry, they will also actively help in marketing the produce and collect their repayments.

Tips

You need to select the place where imparting is needed most.
The imparting can be done at individual level without the need of costly equipments, organization, or finance. This can also be done during spare time during weekends. If you are a student you can do it in vacations also.

You can start the work individually or form a small group of like-minded people with different skills.

Warnings

Compliance and support in the beginning will be very slow, You should not lose heart.
People in these backward places are slow and reluctant learners,you need to have patience with them.

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