How can a Third Sector organization collaborate with the Eradication of Poverty? Is it possible to develop projects and activities that have synergy with the goals of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Agenda 2030? Can we measure the impact of our actions by relating them to the UN indicators?
These and many other similar issues are always present in the daily life of Aventura de Construir (ADC) and of many social organizations that work to improve the quality of life of low-income people and communities. In this sense, the ADC has been playing an important role related to ODS# 1. In addition to being part of the Global Compact, being one of the 110 third sector organizations to compose this picture in Brazil, ADC works to generate sustainable conditions over time, by supporting low-income micro-entrepreneurship, strengthening aspects that allow each person to leave the poverty line and not return to this level in the long run.
But, after all, what are the ODSs and this 2030 Agenda? If you are still not aware of this subject, better update first to continue reading this article! You can check out a special text already posted here on the blog. Now that you have learned more about this important global challenge, let us better understand the relationship between ADC’s work and SDG # 1: Eradication of Poverty.
When we speak of territorial development as the mission of the ADC, we are saying that our cause seeks to mitigate the socioeconomic effects of recessionary periods and to strengthen vulnerable communities in the face of the effects of any crisis, at the same time that we lay the pillars to create conditions for growth in the long run term. In recent years, we have diagnosed that the portion of the population most affected by unemployment is precisely the closest to the poverty line, but it is also the portion that seeks to undertake as an alternative to this difficult reality. In this sense, dedication and effort is required for the entrepreneurial journey to be successful, keeping these people out of the poverty line and thus strengthening ODS# 1.
To share in greater detail exactly what our collaboration is to eradicate poverty, we can take as an example the case of a microentrepreneur who, after losing her job in a restaurant, opened a bar in which she started to dedicate herself full time. Although she had no training or preparation to run the business, she started participating in ADC training in October 2018. Since then, he started recording income and expenses, opened a checking account and gradually began to improve the appearance of the place. In the beginning, its customers were those from the neighborhood, but the improvements in space allowed it to attract and retain other customers, who passed by and were attracted by the location and the genuineness of its organic products and freshly prepared dishes.
She participated in our contest for the best communication plan in the ISC project (March 2019). Not knowing how to use the computer, the first version was written by hand, but soon after she sought help to present it in the most professional way possible. In addition to the form, the contents were extremely appropriate to their situation and to their audience, with actions very focused on the dissemination of the image with physical form (banners to be seen from the street, table cloths, T-shirts, cups, etc.) and, in final, evaluated by a jury of professionals in the sector, which came out among the winners. The results of these progressive improvements were not long in coming, and the microentrepreneur soon demonstrated that she was able to value a situation of vulnerability, showing that it is possible to get out of the crisis creatively with the guidance of other more experienced professionals.
The story of this microentrepreneur is a case of sustainability over time, which directly collaborates with the goals of poverty eradication of ODS# 1. “Ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere” is an ambitious goal, but one that is extremely relevant to human dignity. To learn more about the goals, visit the United Nations website. For each of these goals, there are indicators that guide how organizations (from any sector) can measure their socio-environmental impact, collaborating even more with the 2030 Agenda. They can be consulted at the Institute of Applied Research and Economics (IPEA).
Now that you know the ODS # 1 and how to measure the impact of your organization related to this 2030 Agenda goal, go to work to transform the world! If we all do something, we can celebrate many achievements together in the next decade !!!