A livelihood system is the total combination of activities undertaken by a typical household to make a living. Most rural households have several income earners who pursue a combination of crop and livestock, farm, off-farm and non-farm activities in different seasons to earn a living. The extreme poor lack the capabilities, assets and activities required to earn money and secure adequate means of living.
Statistics from the latest Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report (2018) show the number of extreme poor in South Asia was 216 million in 2015 with the region accounting for 29% of the people living in extreme poverty worldwide. The World Bank defines extreme poverty to be less than US$1.90 in 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) dollars.
South Asia Collective's Livelihood Training projects focus on developing skills and providing opportunities for the working poor in various occupations to help them generate additional, and often vital, streams of income. But our goal is to provide more than a means for an income. We want to also provide a means for Hope.
Examples of livelihood training programs include: