Making ends meet.
In many rural communities, dealing with poverty is an everyday struggle.
Decent employment opportunities are scarce and often don’t pay enough. There often is no access to credit, making it difficult to borrow and loan money. There are no insurance systems, so there’s no protection against sickness, death, or unemployment. And in many countries, education is often not free or of good quality.
Many times, children are expected to work.
But often their work goes beyond just helping out. It becomes child labour.
In some cases, the family situation leads children to become child labourers. With families in poverty, and with the cost of school prohibiting their attendance, many children often stay home and pitch in. They help plant and harvest. They walk long distances for wood and water, and they care for their siblings. They carry heavy loads, and often work in conditions that jeopardize their health, safety, and development. They become part of the household economy because there are not many other choices.
With no education about the hazards of child labour, many children become exposed to circumstances that are called “hazardous child labour,” which is a high priority for all in agriculture to address.
The lack of other livelihood possibilities and the option of working day in and day out may be all these children know for themselves, their siblings, and the children they’ll have on their own one day.
Unless things change.
The ECLT Foundation works to end this cycle of poverty and thus end child labour by:
- Promoting economic opportunities for families
- Promoting best practices in agriculture
- Giving children opportunities to go to school, preserve their health, grow up, and provide for their own families in ways that do not involve child labour
In all our Project Countries, we work with our partners to incorporate activities to alleviate poverty, including:
- Model farm schools for agriculture practices and livestock keeping
- Microloans, including conditional loans for mothers and cooperative loans
- Mutual aid groups
- Village savings and loans associations
- Vocational education and training
- Occupational safety and health improvements
- Dams and small-scale irrigation schemes
- Conservation farming
- We’ve helped 300 tobacco-growing families exit poverty in Kyrgyzstan.
- Access to low-cost credit to farmers has been facilitated in Malawi.
- With our support, 500 vulnerable households in Mozambique will have more sources of income by the end of 2016.
- In Tanzania, 1,530 mothers will be trained in business and entrepreneurship and awarded conditional business loans by the end of 2015.
- In Uganda, we’re providing access to finance and social protection for 18,000 caregivers through village savings and loans associations.