What is Poverty Stoplight?
Poverty is Multidimensional
Income & Employment
By having adequate income and work, families are able to address the other five dimensions of poverty.
Health & Environment
Families need to take care of their personal health and their environment to live in a thriving, productive community.
Housing & Infrastructure
Without the proper living conditions or sound infrastructure, families day-to-day lives are complicated and can be put in danger.
Organization & Participation
By regularly participating in groups and using their voices to be heard, families can see the change they want in their communities.
Education & Culture
By prioritizing education, families can grow their confidence, expertise and skills to generate income and contribute to society.
Interiority & Motivation
With the proper self-esteem and motivation, families will proactively seek solutions to their problems and think of others before making decisions.
Thus, the Poverty Stoplight breaks down the overwhelming concept of poverty into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through simple interventions, making the "invisible" manifestations of poverty visible in the shape of simple, understandable indicators.
The Poverty Stoplight generates many tangible benefits for the families taking the survey as well as for the organizations that administer it.
Families who take the survey are able to:
Visualize their own poverty in a simplified way.
Become actors, not objects, of development and poverty elimination.
Break down the overwhelming concept of poverty into manageable fragments.
Develop their own Life Map to overcome poverty.
Besides engaging individuals and families as agents of change in their own lives, the data collected through the Poverty Stoplight methodology has proven to be useful across communities, organizations, NGOs and within businesses.
Social organizations that become Poverty Stoplight Hubs, such as NGOs, universities, social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, multilateral development and faith-based organizations, collaborate with partners in their region or country to work together towards the common goal of poverty elimination.
Business associations that work with Poverty Stoplight are connected to a network of firms that can implement the Poverty Stoplight at the individual company level. As a Poverty Stoplight partner, business associations work to improve firm profits as well as workers’ satisfaction. Even more, they are able to distinguish their company’s image, work and brand in the community.
With the ability to show communities exactly where and how poverty is manifested in their neighborhoods, the Poverty Stoplight has the capacity to bring in considerable influence and resources into the fight against poverty. Communities that use the Poverty Stoplight activate the capacity of families to become agents of change in their own lives.