Livelihood security often determines HIV risk, care and treatment outcomes and impacts. Once the HIV status is known, people living with the virus experience increased vulnerabilities and this in turn has a serious impact on their regular income and livelihood.
These factors go beyond the risk of infection, and also shape AIDS’ impact and outcomes of care and treatment. Income and livelihood is a consequence as well as a cause of HIV that evolves as the social and economic context changes. Livelihood and economic strengthening incommunities with high risk to HIV and AIDS are thus central to the multilevel response needed.
How we address the issue
Employment & Facilitation Model
Attempts are made to facilitate access to local employment opportunities. This includes skill training and job placement services. We build personal rapport with the employer to deal with issues of absenteeism due to illness, among other aspects. In this model, sustainability is guaranteed. Human Touch has facilitated employment in this context for five beneficiaries, till date.
Improving Access to Entrepreneurship
The two immediate objectives of this model are to improve livelihoods of PLHIVs and their families by improving access to entrepreneurship and business start-up training and improve business management capabilities.
Human Touch has partnered with I Create India (Goa Chapter) and has conducted two Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshops (AEW). Three beneficiaries of the workshops were linked to the Chief Minister’s Rojgar Yojana (CMRY) administered by Economic Development Corporation of Goa. They have been successfully running their business since then.