It always pains me a great deal to see some people who subscribe to the Sikh faith struggling financially. Yet that is something you are almost always bound to find in places with significant Sikh populations. What I am making reference to here are not the normal cases where Sikh brothers and sisters encounter ordinary financial challenges here and there. Rather, what I am making reference to are the depressing cases, where you encounter Sikh brothers and sisters who are unable to get enough food to eat, or where you encounter Sikh brothers and sisters who are homeless (or nearly homeless). Upon encountering such Sikh brothers and sisters who are struggling financially, one question usually comes up in my mind: the question as to how Sikhs can help each other economically, in order to ensure that when all is said and done, everyone has (at least) something to survive on.
As I reflect on how Sikhs can help each other economically, several answers ring in my mind: and I am going to share the same with you here.
One way in which Sikhs can help each other economically is by facilitating access to employment opportunities. Let us assume, for instance, that you are a Sikh brother, and you work at Paycom: the company that provides Paycom software, and whose website is accessible at www.paycomonline.net. Let us then assume that at some point, a job opening arises in the company, and you are asked to recommend a candidate. In such a situation, you should really take that opportunity to check through the local Sikh community, to see if you can get a suitable candidate for the job there.
Older Sikhs can also help the younger ones with career tips, career mentoring and in other practical ways, aimed at ensuring that the younger Sikhs are successful in their job search efforts.
Another way in which Sikhs can help each other economically is by patronizing each others’ businesses.
Yet another way in which Sikhs can help each other economically is by facilitating access to business capital. In this regard, Sikh communities can even consider setting up foundations into which they would contribute money, with the money being loaned out to struggling members of the community, so that the latter can use it to set up businesses.