The alternative livelihood program shall provide opportunities to address medium-term concerns and needs of the women. Social services provide a sure line of hope at the most. However, as they gradually rebuild their lives, they need to regain and strengthen their sense of dignity and self-worth by actively participating in productive activities. Such efforts are designed to open up for them more economic opportunities and hopefully, sustainable sources of alternative livelihood.
DAWN shall not limit opportunities for alternative livelihood for its women members to what resources can provide. That is why an integral part of this program is networking and tapping potential providers of alternative livelihood.
The following components shall be designed such that they do not only develop production skills of interested women, but their entrepreneurial and managerial skills as well. This is not to mention that the livelihood components are likewise designed to strengthen the sense of community and belongingness of the women and the rest of the DAWN family.
The Alternative Livelihood Program components are:
• Sikap Buhay (SIKHAY) Center-based projects
Sikhay is DAWN’s maiden alternative livelihood program for women. Sikhay is short for Sikap-Buhay which means striving for a better life or self-empowerment. It presently consists of sewing and handloom weaving. Sikhay shall continue to showcase the livelihood activities as effective tools for the empowerment of women.
DAWN shall provide assistance to interested women in setting up viable and sustainable home-based economic enterprises such as the following:
- Production such as peanut butter-making, sewing & weaving, etc.
- Buy and Sell such as sari-sari stores, dry goods, food vending, etc.
- Services such as massage, pedicure & manicure, etc.
- to develop camaraderie among the participants including the workshop facilitators / staff and volunteers.
• DAWN Multi-purpose Cooperative
As part of its commitment to provide economic assistance and support to women beneficiaries of its project with the ILO on the ‘Psycho-social and Economic Reintegration Program for Women Victims of Trafficking,’ DAWN held several career counseling, trainings, workshops and seminars in entrepreneurial building and accounting.
In June 2008, in partnership with the PUP College of Cooperatives, DAWN started a series of seminars on cooperativism. The objective was to respond to the many queries of the women and to find out if it would be possible for the women to come together and pool their resources for a joint undertaking.
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