The BBL programme is fundamentally about self-determination, encouraging and enabling people to believe in their God-given ability and talents to implement their own dreams through own effort.

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    The BBL starts off by enabling people living in poverty to address their most basic needs first, i.e. the need for food and livelihood security.

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    Participants can progress at their own preferred pace and stage, from:

    Being able to supply their immediate basic needs;
    To producing excess of commercial purposes;
    To developing as business owners; and
    Grow to become employers in their own right.

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    SocioTech’s approach focuses on developing persons, rather than things: we believe in developing a person’s ability to establish and manage their livelihood activities and businesses, rather than develop an entity, or large piece of infrastructure that too often fail to empower people, and become white elephants and objects of conflict.

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    For maximum impact on the poor, our process starts with people at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid to help them discover avenues out of poverty that suit their circumstances and preferences, enabling them to grow into meaningful economic activity in their lives.



Designed to be sustainable from the bottom-up.


Offers broad-based solutions, at scale and with measurable impact.


Focuses first on those that need it most, i.e. the poorest of the poor.


It is local economic development which empowers people, not things.


It is inclusive: it is possible for anyone and everyone who is willing to put in the effort to participate and success; thereby creating equal opportunity to remove grounds for jealousy.


Easy to get going and free to grow: simple, uncomplicated opportunities allowing easy entry for any individual, family or business, and with unshackled potential for growth.


No exit plan needed: by enabling every participant to have personal control of every aspect of their undertaking from Day One. Free to "wait for no-one". 


No dependence created: the BBL implementation approach is to never take the reins, but it builds in regular and long-term interaction to guide, encourage and open doors as and when needed. 

The Broad-Based Livelihoods Programme aims to:

Equip people to create pathways out of poverty;

Benefit the masses (broad-based) to create real and meaningful ways to access the economy through productive activities, to independently and sustainably generate income for them and their families (livelihoods);

Provide an enabling environment for participants to implement entrepreneurial and business management skills and eventually become job creators themselves (entrepreneurial and income);

Reach as many people as possible, including a deliberate focus on the poor and historically disadvantaged (empower the excluded);

Be primarily a facilitation, training and mentoring programme – focused on technical skills transfer, the development of basic business acumen, the nurturing of entrepreneurship and creation of diverse economic opportunities.

The Broad-Based Livelihoods (BBL) Programme stimulates creativity and uptake of sustainable livelihoods and income creation opportunities by interested families in the host communies.

The BBL is designed to respond to multiple livelihoods options e.g. food production, organic agriculture, livestock farming, and diverse options for income creation, business development, career and personal development, youth development.

Key objective is to develop the local social and economic base of people living at the bottom of the pyramid, and improve access to sustainable economic opportunities for all, enabling them to achieve increasing benefit driven by their own effort.

The BBL programme is open to anybody who wants to participate and who wants to develop / improve their livelihoods and household situation.

In order to increase diversity, sustainability and resilience, the BBL promotes independent family or individual participation in production where possible, rather than group-based/communal production. The principle of subsidiarity emphasises that decision-making and control should always reside at the lowest practical level; and that only actions that rely on collaboration should be subject to joint decision-making structures.

It is important to monitor and measure the systematic response and outcomes in terms of local economic development from the BBL programme, so as to respond to and strengthen local ideas and creativity.