Savings with Education Initiative in Northern Namibia

Since 2008, Episcopal Relief & Development and Nets for Life have been supporting the Anglican AIDS Programme (AAP) in a variety of initiatives to facilitate parishes and local groups to address the challenges and realities of their communities. The goal has been to train and facilitate communities of specified parishes and outstations in the Diocese of Namibia to be self-empowered in their own health and well being, particularly in relation to the prevention of and care for those living with HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Over the years, AAP has worked with 10 parishes and 15 of their outstations reaching over 2,838 people in 32 communities in northern Namibia, many of which are located in remote areas beyond the reach of other social service programs. With these communities AAP facilitated the growth and educational outreach of Support Groups made up of individuals with HIV, volunteer Home-based Care Givers and general community members. In 2014, in an effort to combine sustainable economic supports with existing social supports, AAP integrated into their existing work Episcopal Relief & Development’s Savings with Education methodology. Following a February 2014 peer learning exchange to the Savings with Education program of the Diocese of Angola, the Mothers’ Union program coordinator from Luanda joined Episcopal Relief & Development in the co-facilitation of a training for AAP’s launch of savings work. Over the course of the year, AAP successfully launch 18 Savings with Education groups in 17 of their pre-existing communities. In total, these groups mobilized 294 members (including 21 men). In 2015, AAP grew the program to 37 SwE groups in 30 communities with a total of 595 members who saved + earned a total of $18,126; with 412 (69%) group members accessing loans from their joint savings, of which 100% were repaid. On average, in 2015 each member saved $27.55 and earned $3.87, and a total of 347 members (58%) reported expanding or starting a business in 2015 with their savings and/or loan. In 2016 the SwE Team and their 21 trained SwE Facilitators will continue to strengthen the savings and loan management activities of their existing 37 SwE groups (and 595 members) in 30 communities, while also forming 28 new groups (with an anticipated 504 new members) in 21 new communities.

Activities

2.1 ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Adapt and translate training curriculums on entrepreneurial skills, and integrate its use into 65 SwE groups via SwE Facilitators., 2.2 HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE LIVING: Revise and simplify training curriculums (training sessions) on health and sustainable living, and integrate their use into 37 more mature SwE groups via SwE group members (i.e., Health Educators)., 3.3 NETWORK: Connect with other SwE programme staff to learn and share experiences.,3.1 TEAM WORK: Conduct monthly SwE Team meetings with AAP leadership/National Project Officer to ensure timely exchange, review, learning and future planning of project activities, and to strengthen team work skills., 3.2 SKILL TRAINING: Strengthen project management and reporting through 1- project management training, 2- budgeting and accounting training, 3- M&E training, and 4-English language skills training., 3.4 EVALUTE: Review strengths and opportunities for improvement in first year of 3-year strategic SwE expansion plan and make appropriate adaptations to 2017 plans., 1.4 PILOT: Identify, orient and support 3 pilot supervisors to accompany existing groups., 1.5 PEER EXCHANGE: Coordinate regional one-day peer exchange meetings/trainings for representatives of each SwE group.,1.1 FORM: Promote the formation and maturation of 65 SwE Groups (28 new groups, 19 second-year groups and 18 third-year groups) in 51 communities., 1.2 FACILITATE: Ensure that all SwE Groups are facilitated in their creation of 7 Internal Rules and their regular savings, lending and financial management activities., 1.3 ACCOMPANY: Provide support to 21 Community-based SwE Facilitators in 51 communities through a schedule of supervisory and capacity building visit.

Cross-cutting issues

Institution Strengthening

Locations

  • Namibia>Omusati
  • Namibia>Ohangwena
  • Namibia>Oshana
  • Namibia>Oshikoto

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Capacity Strengthening for CSOs (general)

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