MONEY AND EMPLOYMENT

Financial Problems

The villagers receive some subsidies from the government, but not enough to do more than keep them alive.  The people of the village realize this.  They know that without a good source of income they run the risk of not having access to health services when needed, adequate education, or a healthy protein-sufficient diet.

Sustainability in Income

The possible solutions.

The people are not just looking for hand-outs of money, food, or equipment (although they won't refuse it).  They WANT the opportunity to EARN money for a better life.  They see this opportunity by selling hand crafted items and offering ecotourism.  With the money they hope to be able to have higher quality food, be able to send their children to the closest high school (in the city), and to have lighting during the night.

Education as the Solution to Employment Needs

One of the ways to help with the problems of providing a relevant education and to develop the skills needed to earn money lies in the idea of Financially Sustainable Schools.

"From Traditional to Transformative Education

Financially Sustainable Schools for Entrepreneurs are designed to overcome the problems of under-funding, economic exclusion and poor quality, irrelevant education which afflict so many traditional schools in developing countries. So how do they achieve this?

Financially Sustainable Schools generate their own income from a diversified group of small-scale, on-campus enterprises" 

From the website of Teach a Man to Fish.

This approach seems to provide the motivation to lean and teaches the skills that the villagers need.  Additionally, the school does not need to depend on outside funding to maintain and further develop its program.  This component of the Amazon Pueblo project is called Amazon School.