Sep 8, 2009

My year of living livelihoods

“Our duty is to try to free people from poverty. And to me, poverty means being without shelter, without protection, without access to healthcare, education, or credit, and without hope of ever controlling one’s own destiny.”
— Mawlana Hazar Imam

What is a sustainable livelihood and how does the Aga Khan Development Network tackle the faces of poverty, ill health, lack of education, lack of opportunity, and the ravages of war and the ideas that keep people from hoping for a better future?

The Golden Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam has changed lives across the worldwide Jamat — including my own. I have spent the last year wrestling to understand the complex problem of poverty and how difficult it is to help people to build a sustainable livelihood. A small microenterprise, a stall selling vegetables, a sewing machine, a buffalo, a goat, a better roof or some insurance for a rainy day; all of these are simple things that can give people hope that their children will be shielded from the many faces of poverty.

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