Last year, we hired a full time Impact Manager at Samasource and created a small team to measure how many people we move over the poverty line, by how much, at what cost, and to what effect. This team is ably led by Jill Isenstadt, our VP of Business Operations and Impact.
We are often asked, “what do workers spend their new wages on?” Last quarter’s report focuses on how household expenditures change when a young person gets a job at Samasource, and finds that the biggest increases are in housing and food.
You can view the full report here.
I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., after we’d passed civil rights legislation: “What does it profit a man to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he can’t afford a hamburger?”
This is the central challenge to those of us in the field of poverty alleviation. The problems we face are less linked to rights and more linked to economic justice. How do we put more money directly into the hands of low-income people?