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This project is a partnership between Rotary and Burundi Friends International (BFI), an organization that has been operating in Burundi for the last 10 years. Our goal is to leverage the work that BFI, a San Diego organization, is currently implementing in an 18-month pilot project to train youth and women to save money, learn financial planning skills, and become leaders in their communities. The pilot project is serving 134 youth and 135 women. Hundreds of people showed up for the initial training day, but most were turned away. Now, nearly 10,000 youth and women await their turn to learn the financial literacy training and savings method that will help them grow their local economies and become leaders in their communities. A Rotary-BFI partnership will leverage and improve the model developed for the pilot to deliver this much needed and sought after training.
The program has a strong training component. The initial five-day training would be given by BFI's in-country trainer, the Country Coordinator, to six Community Facilitators. It includes five days of instruction, 8 hours a day, hotel/food/transportation and per diem. All of the training modules are taught in the five days but refresher courses for these new trainers are needed along the way. The refresher courses will be two-day trainings to bring the initial team back together. They will be taught again by the Country Coordinator to review upcoming modules, and to give the trainers an opportunity to address problems and share successes on an ongoing basis. After the initial training, the Community Facilitators will train eight groups each of up to 25 community members in each group. They will make training visits to each of their groups on a weekly basis. Data collection applications, Savix and Commcare, will be used to monitor progress and for evaluation. Their use requires careful time and attention. Data entry and monitoring and evaluation (M & E) are new to the Community Facilitators. They will dedicate their time to all of the training, to weekly training visits, the learning of data entry, the collection of data, the sending of data, and to send in reports. It is important to know that throughout the training, the Country Facilitators will visit each group less and less to empower them to continue sustainably without support. These dedicated trainers not only commit to the training, but they will also meet with the local government for initial implementation.
Each community participant will contribute to a savings fund weekly. Over time, group members will invest in one another with micro-loans. In addition to saving weekly, youth and women learn skills like problem-solving and action planning that they will use to make positive changes in their households and communities. Trainers will ensure a safe learning environment while helping participants strengthen the social connection within each group. Gradually, support will be withdrawn to support the project's sustainability by allowing groups to take leadership of personal finances and community concerns. M & E is diligent using data collection via cell phone apps, Savix and Commcare. This grant proposal will build on the work of BFI's pilot program to reach more youth and women, resulting in greater impact through economic empowerment.
Start in the fall of 2018 and run up to 18 months. This project is for the first year.
Projected number of participants is 1,056 youth and women. The total number of groups would grow to 48, with one Coordinator and six Community Facilitators managing eight groups each.