Navigating Domestic Violence through Community Economic Empowerment

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Navigating Domestic Violence through Community Economic Empowerment

Micronesia
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It provides source of income It creates diversions from boredom to productivity especially for youths It strengthen self-help for people who have been chronically reliant on public welfare and traditional ways of living

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Focus of activity

Community Involvement

Start Year

2003

Positioning in the mosaic of solutions
Main barrier addressed

Corrupt or inept government and public systems

Main principle addressed

Create alternative systems

Poor leadership and non-responsive governance has perpetuated increasing incidence and prevalence of domestic and community violence. These types of violence are directly related to lack of access to and participation in productive wage income, underemployment of youth and high rate of unemployment. Lack of personal and family income has led youths to commit violent acts against themselves (youth suicide), against their communities (destruction of property, alcoholism, terroristic acts, etc) and against their families (killing, torture and physical harm). The deteriorating economic situation is making corruption rampant in the civic, public and private domain in the Federated States of Micronesia. Lack of income and employment opportunities increases the chances for conflict and violence

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Description of initiative:

It provides source of income It creates diversions from boredom to productivity especially for youths It strengthen self-help for people who have been chronically reliant on public welfare and traditional ways of living

Description of innovation:

Navigating Domestic Violence through economic community empowerment aims to create jobs and income for youths, women, disabled persons and unemployable citizens in disadvantaged communities in FSM. This will be done via an innovative approach that prioritize natural asset development to create jobs and income. Family enterprises units will be formed to undertake asset enterprise development. An Community Empowerment Foundation will be created to manage and quide this empowerment initiative. The Foundation will provide dedicated enterprise facilitation, training, marketing support and microfinance for eligible family enterpise units. The ultimate goal is to reduce domestic/gender violence by creating sustainable sources of personal/family incomes and job opportunities so that all participating communities have the means to improve their personal, community and family lifes in a safe, free and non-violence environment.

Delivery model:

Establishment of the Community Empowerment Foundation to manage the initiative and to provide sustainable support, financing and market promotion for communities and families involved.

Key operational partnerships:

Utilizing traditional extended family productivity units, the Community Empowerment Foundation utilizes this concept through partnersing with enterprising family units in target communities

Impact
Financial model:

The Community Empowerment Foundation will provide microcredit loans to the family enterprise units to start up small cooperatives base on assessed value of asset invested in the scheme

Costs as percentage of income:

25%

Financing:

Participating Family Enterprise Units register an asset as a security bond while loan is still unpaid. Once the loan is paid, the bond is relased to be used again for supplemental credit. Initial funding is provided from membership fees and donations.Sustaining the scheme is reliant on income generated from loan repayment and fundraising activities.

Effectiveness:

<ul><li class="entry-label">Project outcomes: <span class="entry-text">3 communities have noticed improved family and community relations, reduction of alcoholism, more productive work for the youths and improved relationships among youths, communities and families. Parents and youths are relating better than before. There is less stress and more harmony in the affected communities. There is gradual financial security for individuals and families as a results of their small business in their communities.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Number of clients in past year: <span class="entry-text">Fifty youths, women, disabled persons and senior citizens. The number is small as the project is new and it still has to proof to the communities that it is workable.</span></li></ul>

Scaling up strategy:
Stage of the initiative:

<i>Start Up</i> stage.

Expansion plan:

To raise 50,000 US dollars to establish the Economic Empowerment Foundation Enterprise facilitation Incubator and to formalize the operation.

Origin of the initiative:

This initiative started in response to 20 youths committing suicides after being refused money from their parents and relatives. Since there is no paid jobs for them, they do not have money to spend on personal needs. They have to ask their parents and/or relatives for money but since money is not readily available to parents and adult (no jobs), they could not afford to give scarce resources to youths who spend them on alcohol. These youths get drunk, terrorize their parents and communities and hang themselves. Giving youths and parents productive paid works helps youths and faimilies to keep conflict at bay.