Our mission is the promotion of alternative forms of income for those who are unable to enter the regular workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, mothers staying at home with their children, people with disabilities, those in remote areas, long-term unemployed, unskilled etc.

The platform will function on a freemium model, so users can search all the entries for free and get the details to research the opportunities themselves. There will also be a paid version to get more support including coaching, setting up of websites etc.

What the Alternative Income Project Will Offer
 

  • Information - different opportunities available
  • Training - marketing, social media etc.
  • Coaching/Mentoring - to keep upi motivated through the set up process
  • Support - through online forum, local volunteers…
  • Networking - help finding others in the same area, topic, or potential partners

 

Driving Forces Behind the Alternative Income Project
 

  • Almost 202 million people unemployed in 2013
  • If current trends continue there will be an estimated 215 million job seekers by 2018
  • 75 million young people aged 15-24 were unemployed in 2013
  • Global youth unemployment rate is 3 times as high as adult unemployment rate
  • In some countries a quarter of young people aged 15-29 are not in employment, education or training. (NEET)
  • Long term unemployment affects more than 40% of jobseekers
  • Vulnerable employment (self-employment or work where family members help out) account for 48% of employment.
  • Working poverty - even with employment 839 million workers live on less than$2 per day.

Source: ILO - Global Employment Trends Report 2014

 

The report only talks about the active labour force and does not include those who want to work but can´t, or those like pensioners who are retired but barely surviving on the money they have.

 

If we think of families like a tribe to include extended family who can help in times of hardship - some of the tribe will go out to a regular job or a regular bricks and mortar business, some will have a pension, leaving a third group with no income at all (unemployed, mothers etc.)

 

If we can show this third group a way of generating income that is not tied to one employer or business that can crash in a crisis, it could be the pivot point that prevents families losing their homes, provide enough to feed the family, save money and have enough security to ride out any economic storms.

 

They may not need a full-time income, just enough to cover basic necessities, provide an education for their children and keep them out of poverty.
 

Future Plans
 

  • Set up a network of volunteers to create satellite ´offices´ where they can help locals in their area take advantage of online tools to find work and generate income.
  • Internet access will be essential, not only to work online, but for research, networking etc. So eventually will need to fund internet access and computers in disadvantaged areas. Does not have to be one per person, it might be in a community centre, a town hall, schools, wherever is available. The point being that every community or group should have access somewhere.
  • Get volunteer mentors to help support people through the initial phases.
  • Promote other initiatives to help these same people not only be financially secure, but encourage them to be more proactive and independent - eg. encourage:
     
    • sustainable businesses they can start
    • involvement in making changes in their local community
    • create employment locally
    • invest locally
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