Sponsored by UNESCO
The Sustainable Development in Low-Income Communities Project (SDLIC) was developed to break the cycle of poverty and social dislocation through provision of a series of wealth creation activities, while seeking to reduce the impact of drug misuse and incidence of HIV/AIDS among residents in the Nelson Street community. To achieve this, programs were introduced to:
- develop small businesses through training and access to finance
- create opportunities for employment through skills and employment training
- deliver a HIV/AIDS and Drug awareness program
- create a greater awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS
The program was executed between 2004 to 2009 and reached approximately 233 persons between the ages of 8 and 35 through various wealth creation strategies to enable persons to improve their standard of living and allow for the creation of sustainable livelihoods. Due to this intervention about 14 persons now have businesses. Micro-Enterprise Training, micro financing and follow-up business counseling provided the necessary support to sustain the efforts of these entrepreneurs.
Skills Development focusing on the non-traditional area of air-brushing was introduced. This intervention was particularly attractive to the males in the area. Also immediately on completing the program persons were able to sell their products because of their high quality.
Employment Training and Placement was popular with the female population who secured permanent jobs (approx. 20) through this initiative.
Overall every aspect of the program was buttressed with Drug and HIV/AIDS training and Sensitization as well as Life Coaching to facilitate individual responses to the core issues facing residents.