In January 2015, 77-year-old Mwaona Bote narrowly survived one of the worst floods in Malawi in living memory. Heavy rains poured for five continuous days before her house fell, leaving her homeless and destitute.
Using paper referrals and a bottom up approach to community services for HIV positive patients, CARE’s LIFT II project serves 6,400 people in Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo by connecting them to Village Savings and Loan/ and food security opportunities.
People in poverty have a wide range of abilities and needs. Some are in emergencies where only direct support--in cash or in kind--can meet immediate needs.
In Malawi last week, I met Simeon*, an HIV positive man who told me the story of how VSLAs gave him hope and confidence, and stopped the violence in his household. Nothing I can possibly write will capture the power of his own words.
Kalimba Chiwaka is a village agent in Malawi, who works with Village Savings and Loan Associations to train them in savings, business skills, and women’s empowerment. He is involved with the LIFT II project, which focuses on getting the most vulnerable people—especially those with HIV—access to s
Georgena*, an HIV positive woman in a Malawian health clinic asked me, “What do you do to help poor people in your country? Do you have village savings and loan associations there?” When I answered, no the VSLA is a model that we don’t really use at home she said, “Well, we know how to do it. We