Self-help Group

With each agricultural project, our staff will team up with villagers to create a community-based savings group. This initiative is led by a committee of villagers, who offer to volunteer their time to manage the fund.

Each family will contribute on a monthly or quarterly basis an amount set by the committee of villagers. As the savings group grows, so do the opportunities it can provide. Villagers are encouraged to use this alternative, collateral-free source of funding when expanding their farms.

Each group rapidly turns into a completely self-managed organization. And within a year, our staff’s involvement is reduced to simply auditing the savings groups, at the request of the villagers.

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