What does work mean to you?
Let’s hit pause on that question for now. Just over three years ago, we spent time with a small gypsy community in South India and decided to ask them what they thought of ‘work’. They said it meant ‘freedom + choice’.
We asked the same question to ourselves and realised that it’s actually so much more than just the money.
We started Humanism when we learnt that more than 2 billion humans don’t experience work as we do for ourselves today. Roughly 40% of the world's population, including women and children are made to work in dangerous and unsafe conditions just for survival.
This means they don’t have the opportunity to create a sustainable future and bring out the best in themselves through their work.
Why are we focusing on ‘work’?
If we tally the numbers on how many humans are struggling to get access to your everyday needs - water, food, shelter and safety - it makes up 1 in 10 humans across the globe living under $1.90 a day. It’s the inability to have access to the right working opportunities that puts humans into this poverty trap. We’ve found that by co-creating real work opportunities with humans who lack access to real work has proven to be a great solution. By creating safe and sustainable jobs opportunities we are bringing more humans out of the informal working sector, and allowing them more freedom and choice in their lives.
We’ve seen 7 incredible humans transform from selling items on the street to creating beautifully hand-made products with love for the rest of the world to use. We’ve seen first hand that real work really does bring ‘freedom and choice’ to humans in poverty. Freedom and choice has translated to more confident, free-spirited and empowered humans who now have the means to build a more meaningful future.
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It’s incredibly important for us to continue supporting more humans on their journeys out of poverty as we keep creating safe and sustainable jobs out there. Education and employment matter to us - it’s how we’re helping to get the world back on track to end global poverty by 2030, one job at a time.
If you’re still thinking about the question we asked you in the beginning, then it’s obvious that it also means more to you than money. Imagine how much impact YOU can make to the rest of the world by making the most of YOUR work. Whether its purchasing one of our hand-crafted products or just simply sending us an email to get in touch, start making a difference today!