Long Term Rewards
However, providing employment for impoverished people from the lowest financial and social class does not flip a switch that changes them and solves their problems. They have little to no knowledge of health and hygiene, they have no bathrooms in their homes, many of their children die young, they don’t get educated, and they have no confidence with which to break the cycle of poverty. Also, they are not used to having disposable income and, therefore, often make unwise decisions with their newly acquired wages. Our Solbon workers have seen people using the money for things like gambling or switching to a more expensive brand of cigarette.
They are working to obtain the resources necessary to focus on some of the bigger social issues, not just provide villagers with work. After all what good have we done if we just create a new market for expensive cigarettes, instant noodles, and candy for crying children? In the coming years, Solbon would like to hire two national people who are trained and experienced in community development. These people would be free to invest in the community full-time, walking alongside villagers to educate, identify problems, and work with people toward creative and sustainable solutions. Solbon hopes that the VCO facility is only the beginning of the transformation that will happen in the lives of Maryam, her family, and the hundreds of other needy people in her village.