Six Steps to Lifting Families Out of Extreme Poverty

Families on Lagonav Island who are part of Beyond Borders' anti-poverty initiative.

Beyond Borders’ Executive Director David Diggs (center) with staff and families on Lagonav Island who are part of our Schools Not Slavery anti-poverty initiative.

When rural parents are too poor to feed, clothe and educate their children, they sometimes make the agonizing decision to send their children away to live with others in the city, inadvertently putting their children at risk of becoming trapped in household slavery. Our Schools Not Slavery initiative is working to make sure rural families have the means to provide for their children and keep them at home.  Six elements make up our approach to lifting rural families out of extreme poverty:

— Assets to make a living with, for example goats, mules or other livestock, or goods to start an informal store.

— Training on how to manage the new assets.

— Initial cash support to reduce the need to sell the new asset in an emergency.

— Weekly coaching visits to reinforce skills, build confidence and help participants handle any challenges.

— Health education and access to healthcare to stay healthy and able to work.

— A savings account to help save money to invest or use in a future emergency.

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