World Vision’s transformational project model known as ‘Savings for Transformation’ is one of the key models developed by World Vision to provide families with a sustainable platform for accessing savings and small loans. Savings for Transformation builds resilience by enabling community members to develop their skills and access funds to deal with domestic emergencies, build long-term coping strategies, focus on the health, nutrition and education of their children and invest in their livelihoods.
Figures for the Savings for Transformation GroupsWorld Vision now has 2,393 savings groups that were formed by 59,055 members, 94% of whom are women and 40% are young people (18-35 years) who have saved a total of US $1,488,120 this year. US $1,117,687 of this has been redistributed in loans to 30,335 members (76%) who carry out income-generating activities and invest in the wellbeing of 123,620 dependent children.
The approach of Savings for Transformation groups, a platform for training in health, water and sanitation, and food security and nutrition.In addition to savings and loans, the Savings for Transformation groups can serve as a forum for recruiting people for other development activities and also for raising funds to fund other much needed community development projects such as improving access to health care, water supply, hygiene and sanitation, food and nutrition. In the light of this, World Vision Senegal used Savings for Transformation groups in 2018 in order to:
- Facilitate the access of 181 households to latrines through savings group co-financing.
- Enable 332 new members to join the health insurance mutual scheme by using savings group funding, creating a total of 512 new health insurance beneficiaries including 409 children.
- Contribute to reducing the rate of child malnutrition in Fatick by the use of saving group funds.