Websites and online resources where students can sell products or services from remote villages as a vocational option.
(Note: SESA is not connected to any of these sites, this is for informational purposes only)
This website is like the "eBay"of the craft word. Artists can open a store and list crafts and supplies for crafts for sale. One idea is to sell natural objects such as local moss or driftwood for "fairly gardens" which are trending now, or sea glass for jewelry. Make sure to check with locals to insure there materials are legal to sell and not endangered.
Although the crafts run the gamete from very simple to sophisticated, a fairly high level of literacy is involved in listing the crafts. This site also assumes that digital photos of the art can be taken and uploaded. This can be done by a support person, and doesn't require the artist to do this herself.
Amazon Turk is a site that pays any literate adult money to do tasks online. The tasks are very varied, anywhere from answering surveys to dictation of court records to finding addresses online. This site requires a fairly high level of literacy, but not a high bandwidth, vision, hearing or social skills.
Lulu is a self-publishing company that will advertise and list your publication for sale. If someone buys it, a single copy will be made and sent to that person. The author doesn't need to invest in buying large numbers of copies. Great ideas would be to collect and publish local recipes, photographs, how-to books on native crafts or languages. The student can write or illustrate or otherwise provide material with the help of his peers.Royalties are made for each copy sold.
This site lists stock photos for purchase. The student would be paid a commission for each time her photo is purchased. Although the site requires some literacy to enter in tag words and such, taking the photos themselves does not. Ideas include photos of local wildlife and landscapes.
What is a jig?
A jig is a structured object that acts like a template in helping someone do a task. In the world of special education, Jigs have been used for decades to help an individual do a repetitive task. It makes the task more concrete. The individual might not know or understand the complete task, but by using a jig, he or she can complete it successfully.
For example, If the student wants to work in a cafe, but doesn't understand setting the table, you can make him this jig:
It is an outline of how to set the table. He (or a companion) would put the jig on the table, and the student would put a plate, napkin and silverware in the outline.
The jig is removed, and the place is set perfectly!
The student has completed the task correctly without having to remember (or see) where each thing belongs. The jig can be used every time he sets a table, or can be faded out as needed.
Another common use for jigs is for addressing envelopes. The same process applies. In this case I used common, available materials, but if it will be reused often, the jig should be made of wood or another sturdy material. Notice that the sticky pads are used to line up the envelope precisely under the jig, and that a piece of tape at the bottom makes the Jig like a hinge. This is especially useful for the student who can't see the envelope well.