Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, This Guide Is a Helpful Startby GDN Shared Post December 2, 2017
Want to end poverty for good? Entrepreneur and Samasource founder Leila Janah has a solution—give work, not aid.
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money—mostly to governments—targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty. We need a better solution.
Give Work offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: incentivize everyone from entrepreneurs to big companies to give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people.
Janah has tested various Give Work business models in all corners of the world. She shares poignant stories of people who have benefited from Samasource’s work, where and why it hasn’t worked, and offers a blueprint to fight poverty with an evidence-based, economically sustainable model.
We can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. Give work, and you give the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and you give people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Give work, and you create infinite possibilities.
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Interested in Giving Work? The Give Work Guide is a directory of companies that give work through the goods and services they provide.
Every time you make a purchasing decision–whether in business or your daily life–look for a way to work with a company that hires marginalized people: low-income workers, veterans, former prison inmates, or people who’ve been rescued from sex trafficking. Maybe the next time you plan a company party, you use a caterer like Delancey Street, Old Skool Cafe or Homeboy Industries, all of which give work to low-income people. If you manage data or product, maybe you could hire a data services vendor like Samasource.
There are so many ways to give work. We hope this guide is a helpful start.