This project started with the aim to develop interventions for the sustainable livelihood of financially weak families working in the unorganized sectors from Lakhna. Youth are the backbone of any society, and no difference was visible in this town. It was noticed that all the communities are less concerned about the present but more about the future of their offspring. Unemployment among the educated youth is the biggest problem our country faces nowadays. Field visits to different areas of the town, macro and micro-level studies with multiple single rounds and focus group interviews were conducted with the youths. Insights were drawn from the primary research, which paved the way for strengthening the design brief and the context. Opportunity mapping was done to understand the consumption patterns of the town, local productions, resources, and work opportunities inside and outside the town.
The outcome aims to achieve a set of possible design interventions that can have an impact by building awareness and confidence in the educated youth and the local communities to utilize the existing opportunities and market demand for income generation. Community development approaches, skill development initiatives, self initiatives have worked well in the past. The interventions were thought of by keeping in mind the migration problem in search of opportunities, most of which eventually land up in the unorganized sector. For this town, business opportunities with locally available natural resources like farm and agricultural produce were explored and developed. Looking at the trends, the majority of educated young people are using mobile phones for studies. An online platform has been crafted to provide the necessary information and support to the educated, entry-level aspirants by utilizing this habit. This platform aims to help the aspirants understand their skills, interests and also the market, job profiles & opportunities.
Career, Education, Employment, Social Design, Systems Design