Our mission is to leverage the power of social capital to promote healthcare, education and sustainable development in underserved communities with a particular focus on women and their families.
Celebrate International Women's Day by Investing in Women!
Women in Bundelkhand, India are facing severe water scarcity that deeply affects their families and communities. Asia Initiatives is celebrating 30 days of women's empowerment in honor of the International Women's Day 2018 by kicking off our #RiseWithHer Campaign. These women have taken up the torch to protect their communities from thirst and poverty caused by drought!Read More
The Way Forward
AI is partnering with Parmarth Samaj Seva Sansthan, a nonprofit in India, to work with women in Bundelkhand to tackle the ongoing water crisis. We will be assisting with the construction of check dams and well recharges, but local women are taking hold of the power of pani panchayats, or local water councils, which govern a village’s decisions regarding its precious water resources.Read More
To celebrate International Women’s Day, invest in the noble struggle of the women of Bundelkhand for a better life! Our goal is to raise $10,000 in funds to further support this project. Join us to empower these women leaders who are fighting on the front lines in the battle against severe water crisis.Read More
Highlights from 2017 Gala
What a night with incredible women! Gloria Steinem received the Ban Ki-moon Award for Women's Empowerment. In addition, Eva Haller received the Ban Ki-moon Award for Mentorship and Yue-Sai Kan received the Ban Ki-moon award for Entrepreneurship. We thank you all for making the Gala a great success. Watch this space for the launch of new SoCC projects and the continuation of the old from the funds we raised at the Gala.Read More
Where We Are
India | Ghana | Kenya | United States of America | Costa Rica
What Do We Do?
Our health initiative provides women and girls with access to knowledge, awareness and supplies in order to lead healthy lives, contributing to societal advancement, empowerment and economic development. Through our programs, we equip women and girls with the necessary tools to overcome gender discrimination and become the stakeholders of their reproductive rights, all while giving back to other girls and women in their communities to earn SoCCs.
Through our micro credit initiative, women use SoCCs to secure low-interest loans in order to develop or expand their businesses and boost profits. As a result, women ensure financial security for their families and become more confident and business savvy, leading to a greater sense of empowerment. We believe that through micro credit programs, the poor are given a chance to pull themselves out of poverty as they are the stakeholders of their success.
There is a clear correlation between education, poverty reduction and sustainability. Through our education initiative, we provide children and girls with safe spaces and knowledge centers to drive literacy, life skills, and a formal educational curriculum including English and computer lessons. As urban poverty oftentimes results in child labour, we use SoCCs to put children back in school to not only ensure a sustainable future but help their families, too.
Our initiatives enhance livelihood, food security, and hygiene throughout urban and rural communities. In rural communities, SoCCs are used to improve knowledge of farming techniques which promote economic and environmental sustainability. In urban communities, SoCCs incentivize residents and promote waste-management and hygienic living. Our initiatives not only contribute to lifestyle improvements, but environmental improvements, too.
As technology is the forefront of today’s society, enabling the widespread access to information and communication, we have used SoCCs to establish computer-based knowledge centers. Internet access creates numerous opportunities for educational and professional advancements—both necessary tools for poverty alleviation.
Empowering community members to become
SEWA, Ahmedabad, India
In this program, funded by PepsiCo Foundation, participants earn SoCCs for waste management, attending medical camps, and sending school-aged children to classes if they had not previously been attending school. SoCCs are then redeemed for organic groceries, stationery supplies, and home improvement materials.Read More
We partnered with the Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) and WomenStrong International (WSI) for this impactful project. Here, waste management was completely transformed by implementing a systematic approach to collecting, recycling and disposing of waste through SoCCs.Read More
What thought leaders are saying about us
During my tenure as Secretary-General, I always worked to make women’s empowerment a top priority and I can see that Asia Initiatives is carrying on that legacy.
Your concept could unleash a transformative pathway away from the current unsustainable and demeaning social welfare hand-capital as an essential ingredient of sustainable and providing an instrument to implement and measure projects that enhance it and give communities the sense of power and accomplishment.
A system such as SoCCs is a catalyst to the formal economy. It is the precursor to eradicating poverty....it is building hope, self-reliance, self-confidence, spurring entrepreneurship and ultimately creating good citizens.
The Social Capital Credits program is a proven, powerful tool for advancing toward social justice by acknowledging the honest work of individuals and returning the fruits of that work both to these individuals and their communities.
A tribute to a good idea is how no one has thought about it before. SoCCs is the best idea I have heard since Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank umpteen years ago. You got yourself a tool. I urge you to pursue it.
It is just amazing to learn of your innovative work in Kumasi on SoCCs. This sounds absolutely wonderful, a real breakthrough.
SoCCs has the potential to be as transformative a concept as micro-credit.
Psychology studies indicate differences between people working for good/social causes versus just working to earn money. Who do we become when we work for social good and the impact that has on communities, versus who we become if we think only of ourselves, and of everything in terms of money?
SoCCs is indeed a glimpse into the future of social justice work!
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