Improved Livelihoods and Resilience

Strategic Aim 3

Women and girls in marginalised communities have improved livelihoods and resilience

We follow the Sustainable Development Goals, believing that everyone deserves “equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including micro-finance.

Throughout our work, but particularly within our livelihood and resilience work, we aim to “build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disaster.”

By 2022, we will aim to:

Improve access to resources by building on our land rights access work in Tanzania. We will expand our work supporting Village Savings and Loans (VSL) and Village Community Banking (VICOBA) associations so marginalised women and girls, including women with disability increase their access to credit and micro finance, and improve their business and livelihood skills.

Improve well-being for women and their children. We want to make sure increased resources lead to improving household well-being for women and children, reflected through improved nutrition, education and health options. Through well-being ranking, we will monitor changes in overall community well-being and changes at household level.

Improve decision-making power for women and girls in relation to household expenditure and access to resources through community sensitisation. We will measure achievement through a shift in proportion of joint or sole decision-making of women and girls on the use of resources and livelihood, and by measuring an increased number of women and girls in leadership roles.

Project Impact

Our Disability-Inclusion in Village Community Banking project delivers vocational, business and financial management training to people living with a disability, vulnerable women, and others surviving on less than $1 a day. It enables marginalised individuals in Kilimanjaro region to borrow small seed capital and start income generating activities, which is expected to result in improved economic and social well-being.

“I have been confined to a wheelchair since I was 7 years old. I live with my brother-in-law as his house has better access to the hospital, this is useful as I need to visit regularly. I have a daughter who is in secondary school and I support my husband who cannot work because of ongoing health problems caused by TB and asthma. I struggle to cover my daughter’s school fees and I fear that she might have to drop out of school soon if I cannot keep up with the payments. This project will give me a chance to save money, to have access to a loan and provide a platform for me to start a business. I previously tried to start a business with a group of women but when they saw I was in a wheelchair they did not allow me to join. The words that were spoken to me have never left me.”