The most common issue affecting many communities throughout the world is a lack of economic opportunity. For example, in India, over 260 million people live in poverty and many communities are plagued with high levels of unemployment. In Kenya, the richest ten percent of the population controls almost half of the nation’s wealth while the poorest ten percent hold less than one percent. Foundation for Sustainable Development works to support these communities with the tools they need to acquire employment and build successful businesses. Our community work focuses on strengthening programs that build economic wellbeing within communities.
While working with FSD, you will have the chance to support financial inclusion through support groups that enable men and women to build savings and credit, and form linkages with banks; financial literacy education; microfinance/microenterprise support; and community-based trainings, including locally applicable vocational skills, business plan development, bookkeeping and business management, and marketing/outreach. Training is offered through various methods such as workshops, individual counseling, peer networking, and mentoring programs.
When interns arrive in the field, FSD local site teams will lead an in-country orientation, providing each intern with invaluable guidance and insight that will help them throughout their program. Orientation is a blend of theoretical topics such as FSD’s asset-based community development model and community-based research and day-to-day details such as how to navigate the local transit system, safety, and security. Through the orientation process, interns are introduced to the people who will be their support network while they are in country: FSD staff, their supervisors, host organizations, host families, and other interns serving in the area.