Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson
Chapter 11: Self-reliance through self-employment: an approach by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught self-reliance to its members since its founding in the early nineteenth century, but expansive growth since the 1980s in developing countries and especially amongst the poor has evolved the approach of self-reliance to proactively meet the needs of a growing membership. By identifying vital behaviors that lead participants out of poverty, the self-employment model, derived from microenterprise training, guides participants through a 12-week group program that emphasizes training, mentoring, and accountability. Self-reliance through self-employment traces implementation of a successful sample training model and plans for future development.
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