What is needed is know-how on the ground and meaningful start-up aid. Our income generation activities focus on “helping people to help themselves” so that they can free themselves from poverty through their own efforts. So that they can stand on their own two feet in the future, are no longer dependent on daily wages and have the tools to survive crises such as the coronavirus pandemic. In doing so, we focus primarily on agriculture, financial literacy and the establishment of local micro-businesses.
We help families who have had little opportunity to grow their own food to build kitchen gardens, greenhouses or raise livestock on a small scale.
The greenhouses in particular help the families in our project villages simply and effectively to supplement their income and at the same time improve their nutritional situation.
Back to Life builds the greenhouse with the families from simple materials that we provide. We deliver the seedlings and seeds and thus support the initial sowing and planting. They also receive garden tools and watering cans. In addition, our agricultural trainers train the families in cultivation and care, as well as storage and sale of the harvest. We do not distribute pesticides or chemical fertilizers, but suggest organic farming methods with organic fertilizers and composting.
Through the income promotion we enable male family members who would otherwise have to emigrate to India to find work to stay with their families in their home village. There is also another important effect: as soon as the parents have noticeably more income available, they can do without the labor of their children and allow them to go to school regularly.
We are happy to support small business ideas if they have good prospects of success and are highly motivated. Particularly for people who have suffered severe blows of fate, who are raising their children alone or who suffer from physical limitations, such a new start away from agriculture is worthwhile. For example, some have set up a small business for carpentry or sewing or opened a haberdashery. The women and men are previously trained in bookkeeping and supported in developing their entrepreneurial concept. They receive start-up assistance – after that, the business is supposed to be self-sustaining. The goal is independence and self-determination. The new entrepreneurs are proud to be able to feed their families through their work and own initiative.