Providing assistance, such as handouts or inclusive access, has been the way of helping people living in poverty. While it certainly works in many cases, for long term change we believe that the inner readiness of the poor to get out of poverty is needed as much as, or even more than the assistance they receive.
Our theory of change is rooted from our field observations that the majority of Indonesia’s poor are often unable to utilize assistance to improve their livelihood. It is unsurprising because life is very much a struggle when pressing, basic daily needs always have to be met. As a consequence, the poor are not used to think long term and act for the future.
Many live in this conditions for decades, some even for generations. Bit by bit, they may lose confidence that they can improve their lives. When hope is lost, there is no point in struggling. There is not enough drive and persistence to endure the ups and downs of exiting poverty.
There are 100 million poor and vulnerable in Indonesia. 1 in 4 falls back into poverty once every three years, according to 2014 World Bank Statistics. That is why at KKI we strive to ignite their hopes, remind them of their dreams again. We start by equipping the poor with the right mindsets and habits that enable them to support themselves. Then, we provide access to capital and savings facilities to improve their life.
We envision that people living in poverty are motivated, driven, and able to take life actions that will allow them exit poverty permanently.
Here is our 3-step approach.