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International Piecework Network

A contributing factor to urban crime, and violence against women is income. Low or no income locks women into areas with low preforming school, poor personal relationships, crime and other evils associated with poverty. Growing an industry often takes a great deal of time, relies on local resources an educated or trained workforce. Many of these elements are not present in areas where there is large numbers of low income women. Additionally many women are also the sole child care provider making it even more difficult to get the required education and training they need.

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Piecework is any type of employment in which a worker is paid a fixed piece rate for each unit produced or action performed. Work could be assign to women contractors to work on pieces which could be performed at home, rather than within a factory or shop. The supply chain could also be made up by women who both dispatch work as needed to the contractors, and provide the local transportation networks for shipping. Education can be delivered using infographics to limit language gaps. Financing could be acquired through crowd funding or micro-financing. 

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Create an international network of women manufacture and suppliers to empower women, and increase their safety by providing economic security

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment and Self-Confidence

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

I think an international aid group, or a manufacture with an existing international supply network would do the best job with start up.

Where should this idea be implemented?

I think this kind of network would benefit women anywhere, the big issue to overcome is finding raw materials in some regions that could feed an international manufacturing network.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

To prototype this idea, I would research an industry in which piecework could be used as a manufacturing process. Then based on that information develop prototypes for the training infographics and manufacturing. Provide product elements to someone unfamiliar with the product and ask them to assemble 1 unit.

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Photo of MrsAlways RigHt
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Ken,

Are you talking about product in the physical or services as a product like the way to design a website from templates and enable the design for mobile use.?

Another possible example being healthcare products such a preventative and healthcare information?

Photo of Kenneth Walton
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Thanks for the question Always Right
Both would could work physical and service. The big idea is to build small business opportunities that can give women financial independence (security).
If there are healthcare opportunities that can provide start-up options for women from all educational backgrounds that would fit as well.

Photo of MrsAlways RigHt
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Telemedicine the bridge between people and their mental health needs.

In fairness, it a unisex opportunity.

Photo of Pamela OBrien
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Hi Kenneth, we are trying to do exactly what you report above. Check out Women of the Light and let me know what you think!

Photo of Joel Gingery
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This is different from what you had in mind, but when I read your suggestion the first association I had was with Fair Trade coffee or Rain Forest Certified; i.e. clothing that is produced in "fair" ways might carry a premium. I don't know if people would pay the extra price or if someone is already doing it. Just a thought I wanted to pass along.

Photo of Mansi Parikh
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A wonderful way to get buy in from the community because you can use raw materials that are locally available and ensure a sustainable and socially viable supply chain for the big businesses.

Although a challenge as you underscored may be the understanding of the raw materials available in the area.

also, another challenge you may want to think about is scaling. This could easily become very large scale and the challenge is then teaching these women not only the core business skills but also things like management and peripheral skills to support the business. Other than that you would also have to be careful about checks and balances to prevent exploitation of these regions by large corporates, impact on the ecosystem in the area as well as the cultural impact on these societies should these businesses take of.

Just some things to think about. I'll definitely let you know if I can think of any work arounds fro these challenges.

But way to go on the idea! Really unique solution.

Photo of Jamie Beck Alexander
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Great idea, Kenneth! You might also want to connect with Mansi's contribution since they seem to have some commonalities. Could be interesting to explore together and team up!
http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/women-s-startup-aggregator#c-1127680e4735520db1227f3675f64366