Supply and Prepare – Equip
At Motiv, we have a five-step process to help people live better lives in third-world countries. Our 5E process aims to provide aid and education to individuals aspiring for better circumstances. We at Motiv steadfastly believe in supplying, preparing, and equipping people with the skills necessary to build better lives.
Our first step in the process is to provide EDUCATION that will help people help themselves. By providing valuable information, we help people gain the knowledge needed to be able to use tools, which will allow them to carve a better life. Education is the first step to building important skills.
Motiv’s second step is to EQUIP people with the tools they need to build skills and knowledge in various dimensions. Tools aren’t always material things– they can also be processes to help heal and stay healthy, or skills that are developed through hands-on training. Tools can even be currency. In this instance, Bitcoin that is necessary to make purchases for survival items, such as food and clothing.
Life Savings Steps is a program we developed to tackle an abnormally high child mortality rate in some of the villages we service. The program begins with teaching personal hygiene – lessons on cleanliness, like how to take care of your feet and keep them clean. Clean feet is the first step (pun intended!) towards a healthy body, and you can’t keep your feet clean if you don’t have the proper footwear.
That is the second step of our 5E process. We’ll talk elsewhere about where our shoes come from because that is a very interesting story unto itself and is an outcome of our successful 5E process. We have access to a nearly unlimited supply of shoes that we can give these underprivileged people along with several pairs of socks to help keep their feet warm and clean. We’ve seen significant improvements – the mortality rates have dropped, and the overall health of villagers has improved. That’s how we know our process works. It’s a testament to the old saying, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We start with steps, and then we walk them through a needs assessment to determine what is needed to help an individual or family. During the pandemic, one of our top priorities is to help the people in Peru, who were among the most affected by the pandemic.
Motiv discovered that in many instances, the main provider – most often the man of the house – lost his job due to the economic hardship imposed by the pandemic. Despondent, these men either had to leave to find work elsewhere, or fell into despair doing menial work. In the worst cases, some providers lost the will to work at all.
Supply and Prepare
An opportunity presented itself with the women of the house. We discovered that these strong-willed ladies needed to be prepared to become the breadwinners of their families, and develop marketable skills. We worked with community leaders to evaluate what kinds of goods and services were needed and marketable. As such, Motiv developed supporting programs similar to vocational training found all over the world, and saw incredible results.
The process wasn’t easy. We faced skepticism and even threats to our well-being. We were warned that if our processes didn’t work for the women we were trying to help, we would be hunted down for revenge. Of course, we’re happy to tell you that it worked.
We have helped women (and men) in the villages we serve to learn valuable skills, such as weaving, baking, and podiatry. They have also learned other critical skills that help perpetuate healthy living. The weavers are happy with their new abilities – thank God for that since they were the ones who threatened us – and have learned traditional Peruvian weaving and patterns. Their products are now being sold at flea markets.
Although we haven’t talked about currency in this blog, it’s still an underlying aspect in all that we do. Motiv’s process starts with Bitcoin, a decentralized currency that works better in third-world countries than anywhere else so far. We equip villages with the knowledge of this new type of currency. From there, they apply that knowledge to improve their new skills and business. It’s incredible how quickly they have taken to decentralized banking and the adoption of Bitcoin.
We supply the means to buy supplies and sell wares through an initially-funded BTC wallet. We then equip them with a process to evolve a Bitcoin-based micro-economy. Our lessons and cooperative efforts have since provided several individuals with skills that allow them to create goods and services, which in turn help them support their families.
They are supplied, prepared, and equipped. These people are well on their way to a better life.
Will you be a part of that process? You can contribute to our mission at motiv.ngo/program/donations/, or view the following links: