DigiKua Training Partnership: In May of this year, PWC established a groundbreaking partnership with SOMO Africa to empower 20 young pastoralist women. These women, who had previously graduated from our Energise project, received intensive training on the innovative DigiKua platform. DigiKua enables businesses to record their transactions in real-time using mobile phones. The training adopted the Training of Trainers (ToT) format, equipping these young women not only to master the technology but also to pass on their knowledge by teaching it to other women in their community.
Expansion of Micro-Credit and Savings Groups: We facilitated the creation of 55 functional micro-credit savings and loans groups, also known as Village Community Banks or VICOBA, over the past year. These groups welcomed 1,600 new members, with the majority being women. This accomplishment brings the total number of VICOBA groups to 575, with nearly 13,000 women actively participating.
Enhanced Resilience through Income Diversification: By promoting engagement in and awareness of alternative income-generating opportunities, we have contributed to the increased resilience and adaptability of pastoralist communities facing the challenges of climate change.
Entrepreneurship Training: Thirty of these groups received entrepreneurship training, leading to the establishment of many small businesses run by their members.
Access to Business Loans: Engishon Microfinance provided essential business loans to 66 groups and 6 individuals, enabling them to expand their economic activities.
Economic Opportunities Study: We conducted a comprehensive economic opportunities study, providing valuable insights to guide pastoralist women towards viable income-generating activities.
Economic Independence and Holistic Well-being: The impact of these initiatives is evident as more pastoralist women achieve economic independence. This newfound economic freedom empowers them to invest in critical areas, including education for their children, particularly girls, and improving their family’s nutrition and overall well-being.