The Livelihood component has as objective to ensure that more Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) access livelihood opportunities
The Livelihood component has as objective to ensure that more Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) access livelihood opportunities. The expectation is to enhance self-esteem and provide PWDs knowledge and skills necessary for them to engage in economically gainful activities which would lead to higher degrees of independence. To achieve sustainable livelihood for PWDs, the program engages in a number of actions
Microcredit: In collaboration with Women’s Initiative for Health Education and Economic Development in Cameroon (WINHEEDCAM), the program facilitates access to micro loans at low interest rate to people with disabilities with consideration to gender. This is intended to bolster their small businesses. (use pictures)
Capacity building: Capacity for livelihood is a valued activity in the program’s livelihood work and precedes loan disbursement, skills development and advocacy for formal employment. Key areas targeted include; business management, loan management, group dynamics, hygiene and sanitation, leadership and financial accountability and documentation. (use pictures)
Community-based Vocational training. Given the competition inherent in the formal economic sector, the Program supports and encourage skills development on activities with a market value. PWDs are guided to make informed choices that reflect their context and in collaboration with recognized training programs, skills are developed with consideration to the realities of the market. (Pictures)
Advocacy for formal employment: In an increasingly contested job market, the program advocates for employers to adopt inclusive employment practices as a way of giving fair chances for qualified PWDs to compete in the job market. Actions such as: inclusive job fares; creating database of qualified PWDs and linking them to various opportunities; networking with the National Employment Fund to identify and provide opportunities for placement for youths with disabilities; and supporting youths with disabilities to access mainstream youth empowerment opportunities created by government are undertaken.
Job placement: With a view to develop capacities and prepare PWDs for the job market, the program support job placement opportunities for young graduates with disabilities on any of the programs components. (Picture of violet)