By providing initial training for 5 facilitators from rural poverty stricken villages. They will be trained in People Based Development Techniques enabling them to start up self help groups On average one facilitator supports 10 self help groups each made up of 10 members. These facilitators will support meaningful change for 500 women each and their families living below the poverty line.
More facilitators, more self help groups start they learn from each other. Families often fall into a vicious cycle of debt and bonded labour, when events such as needing to pay for emergency medical treatment for children occur. With no other options they turn to money leaders. By providing training for a further 5 facilitators , Village based micro saving schemes develop, using villagers own funds, loans then being available without exploitative practices. These facilitators will support meaningful change for further 500 families living below the poverty line as scale of Self help groups increases in villages experience tells us more men become involved.
Village based Micro savings schemes become more established, as funds grow, loans are taken to start micro businesses, This amount supports a whole training Programme for 10 facilitators in People Development Techniques. As the scale increases further self help become more self facilitating and the facilitator moves on to start new self help groups.
As the number of self help groups grows in a local district experience has been these groups form themselves into a local federation, providing mutual support and increased negotiating skills with banks and other local institutions enabling group members individually to improve their economic status. In addition experience has shown these groups have gone on to develop greater community cohesion through developing further mutually economic projects such as providing training in sustainable environmentally beneficial farming projects improving irrigation and local sanitation.