‘JIBIKA’ is a Bengali term meaning ‘Livelihood’ that refers to earning bread for survival. The objective of the initiative is to create opportunities for those who are orphans, unemployed, underemployed or not in a position to recover from financial adversity afflicting their scope of survival.
JIBIKA would identify these people and find ways to employ or re-employ to an occupation that best suits their intellectual and financial ability. For example, a person might have lost all his belongings due to river erosion, loot, natural disaster or choosing a wrong occupation. A student might have just completed his ordinary bachelor but is ineligible for employment due to lack of technical skills.
JIBIKA will try to rehabilitate him/her by converting him/her into a self-employed person with minimum investment and higher scope of sustainability. JIBIKA will convert the have-nots/extreme poor into micro-entrepreneurs and also create platform for the unskilled students to pursue vocational training through a platform that will help them create earning ability on a sustainable basis.
JIBIKA may also invest on other dimensions of poverty that affects an individual's growth and productivity. These dimensions are Health, Food Security, Disaster Recovery etc. Possible source of funding will be Zakaat, Charity and CSR. Eventually we may also solicit for Grants from Large Donors.