Community Empowerment through the Mykasih Entrepreneurship Program towards Urban Poverty Alleviation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mahaganapathy Dass1, Sarjit S Gill2, Puvaneswaran Kunasekaran3

1Mahaganapathy Dass, Working as Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
2Sarjit S Gill, Working as Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
3Puvaneswaran Kunasekaran, Working as School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 08 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 14 February 2019 | Manuscript Published on 19 February 2019 | PP: 472-475 | Volume-7 Issue-5S January 2019 | Retrieval Number: ES2188017519/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper presents the level of empowerment gained by the urban poor minorities of My Kasih program participants towards urban poverty alleviation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My Kasih is one of the few Non-governmental Organization focused to combat urban poverty issues in the country. This study was conducted at Kuala Lumpur urban squatters concentrated destination in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mixed method approach was used where the quantitative outcome was compared with the qualitative data. In-depth interview which was used as the qualitative data collection method helped the researchers to justify the quantitative analysis which was done earlier. Descriptive statistics were utilized to obtain quantitative output. The results show that the community is not fully empowered and they are still dependent on outsiders’ help. It is hoped that the findings of this study will contribute to existing literature within urban poverty and socio-economic wellbeing spectrum.
Keywords: Urban Poverty, Empowerment, Malaysian Indian Community, Mixed-Method.
Scope of the Article: Program Understanding and System Maintenance