Take a positive approach

We focus on strengths, not weaknesses. For example, in our work to end poverty, women are encouraged to recognize their existing skills and supports—even if at first they seem unimportant—and build from there.

A woman may be so troubled by her lack of income or education that she might not realize she has other kinds of “assets.” Perhaps she has natural artistic talent, or strong friendships, or good health, a strong spiritual tradition that helps her to cope, or an amazing talent for squeezing the most out of a dollar.

The simple step of listing all of her strengths and skills is a positive reality-check that can jump-start a woman’s journey out of poverty by leaving her more confident in her ability to face the challenges ahead.