Where did we start?

Through our baseline studies, we were able to get a clear idea of our starting point:

Burundi

Average savings per member per week $1.23

Average loans per member per week $9.76

54% of VSLA members go hungry from time to time

19% of VSLA members never go hungry

11% of VSLA members go hungry often enough

3% of VSLA members go hungry often

13% of VSLA members always go hungry

58% of VSLA members run one IGA

34% of VSLA members run more than one IGA

8% of VSLA member's don't have an IGA

Côte d'Ivoire

Average savings per member per week $3.37

Average loans per member per week $30.50

51% of VSLA members go hungry from time to time

37% of VSLA members never go hungry

6% of VSLA members go hungry often enough

3% of VSLA members go hungry often

3% of VSLA members always go hungry

82% of male members have one IGA

13% of male members have more than one IGA

5% of male members don't have an IGA

54% of female members have one IGA

33% of female members have more than one IGA

13% of female members don't have an IGA

Ethiopia

32.5% of female VSLA members are heads of household

67.5% of male VSLA members are heads of household

70.2% of VSLA members are married and living with their spouses

Average VSLA loan amount: $16.75

Average annual savings per member: $2,522.50 

41% VSLA members are severely food insecure

29% VSLA members are moderately food insecure

24% VSLA members are mildly food insecure

6% VSLA members are food secure

80.6% of VSLA members and their households run IGAs

The average number of IGAs per household is 1.66

Rwanda

38% of female VSLA members have received no formal education

52% of female VSLA members received primary education

1% of female VSLA members received secondary education

Average savings per member per week $27.80

36.65% of female and 29.82% of male VSLA members own their own business

36.65% of female and 29.82% of male VSLA members own their own business

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