Toolkit: a new development model
Interlife Toolkits are programmes including equipment, raw materials, vocational training and all that is required to start an economic activity, to support oneself and one’s family, and trigger a knock-on solidarity process within one’s community.
Interlife Toolkits are an empowering, sustainable and participatory development model which aims to reach the following objectives:
Increase food security and contribute to reduce malnutrition for one’s family and one’s community.
The growth of the rural economy, increasing productivity and diversifying production to satisfy market demand, thereby favouring the involvement of new farmers and simultaneously reducing the phenomenon of migration from rural area to cities and the related increase of “urban poor”.
Trigger a virtuous circle of solidarity within the community: indeed, the beneficiary, after having improved the life of her/his family, will package a new Toolkit with the products and the income deriving from her/his activity, and will donate it in turn to another person in need so that the latter may benefit from the same opportunities, skills and all that is needed to overcome difficulties and change one’s life.
Interlife places the TOOLKIT beneficiary at the centre of a real development project, empowering and putting her/him in the position of no longer needing assistance. Through its local partners, Interlife takes the beneficiary through a participatory and truly sustainable development process. This is a process which covers the following main steps:
0. Initial condition
The men and women who benefit from the project live in conditions of extreme poverty and are excluded from the world of work, often victims of usury and living in conditions of semi-slavery.
1. Vocational training
The first step is to participate in a vocational training course at a Training Centre of our local partner, with the following content:
• specific training on the toolkit activity;
• training on farm management and marketing;
• visits to other farms or model agricultural-livestock farms, for “in the field” demonstrations of good management, production and commercial activities.
2. Start-up of their economic activity
At the end of the course, the participants are assisted by our local partners in the start-up of their activities.
During the project the conditions are created to enable the single beneficiaries to build a real cooperative which may increase the possibilities of success of each economic activity and have a strong demonstration effect within the community.
4. After the project
The beneficiary, having emerged from her/his initial condition of poverty, becomes autonomous, thereby managing to support the family. Having reached this first objective, always assisted by our local partners, the beneficiary will have to package a new Toolkit to be donated to a new person in need, thereby triggering a new virtuous circle of development.