The objective of the SME program is to contribute to the economic development of families and produce an improved standard of living. The development philosophy of ViviendasLeon is asset based: to work with families and communities to identify personal, communal and natural assets that can be used tas resources for development. These resources include levels of education, self-esteem and technical or creative skills; land, water and sunlight; domestic animals, trees and plants.
The program coordinates these resources through training and supports the launch of small business projects such as honey production, sewing cooperatives or agricultural wholesale businesses. Through this program, families have improved their economic situation, future prospects and domestic relationships while reducing their vulnerabilities, resulting in an overall improvement in attitude, leadership, entrepreneurship and economic health among members of the communities.
In an effort to create long-term solutions, ViviendasLeón is proposing a project that includes composting toilets at a rural school. The design addresses the challenges of unreliable water for flushing toilets and collects rainwater for important hygiene uses.Continue reading >