Promoting income generating activities
The TFV aims at improving economic opportunities of victims through Income Generating Activities (IGA’s) such Village and Saving Loans Associations (VSLA) and other small business initiatives. These initiatives are not only the foundation for victims’ economic empowerment, but also a platform for wider family and household empowerment in areas such as food security and increased agricultural productivity, and for increasing the social participation and reintegration of women, girls and people with disabilities.
Our partners register success among the war victims operating IGAs and who are enrolled in VSLA in the communities. Beneficiaries collected significant savings, they are happy, and at ease, able to meet basic needs of their family members.
The group members meet weekly to save, to borrow and refund to the VSLA and part of the money received from the VSLA is put back to fund their IGAs and vice versa. The group cohesion is an avenue for peaceful coexistence among the war victims and the rest of the community member with whom they interact.
During group meetings, the members are able to discuss and peaceably resolve conflicts that may arise.
In 2018, 1,893 victims, mostly women (about 68 per cent, 1,124 women), received training and support in their livelihood areas and in developing other agribusiness skills.
Capacity-building sessions exposed participants to relevant topics ranging from group dynamics and problem solving to livelihood diversification.
In 2018, the TFV, assisted groups’ registration enabling them to access benefits provided through government programmes and projects.
Socioeconomic support to 950 women survivors of sexual violence was provided through IGAs and MUSOs. Of these 950 women accompanied in the socioeconomic reintegration process, 887 (93.4%) have acquired autonomy in the management of their IGAs and are able to meet their basic survival needs (food, medical care, rent, social charges, as well as schooling).