"TCP Global fund ...benefited 1,060 women directly and over 5000 families indirectly and has seen the beneficiary groups improve on their business and lives in general. The beneficiaries are now capable of paying school fees for their children. All in all, the general impact of TCP program in Yumbe is ultimate reduction in the poverty level among the rural women and their communities."Innocent Ajaga - CCEDUC - Yumbe, Uganda
Small loans of $50 to $300 allow entrepreneurs to improve their businesses and increase income so they can better feed, house, and educate their families.
Given adequate resources they know how to care for their families.
Borrowers often start with 2-3 goats, and quickly expand to increase economic security.
HOW THE TCP GLOBAL MODEL IS DIFFERENT Instead of money for salary and infrastructure, our money goes directly to change makers in the community.
STEP TWO: STOP PREVENTABLE ILLNESSES If people are too sick to go to work, or spend much of their earnings curing illnesses, economic progress is not possible.
Chris Roesel, TCP Global's Director for Africa programs, applies knowledge gained through 40 years of field experience to help TCP Global partners improve health outcomes.
Chris established People to People (P2P) to provide mentoring and funds for water, sanitation and health programs.
TCP Global and P2P work together to remove obstacles to economic development.
Yumbe Rotarians, supported by P2P, adopted Achiba Village to provide low-tech hand-wash stations and latrines, health workshops, and a new bore hole for improved access to water.
They achieved dramatic results as the following survey indicates.
P2P donated Sawyer Water filters to provide clean water for Achiba Village families for 10 years.
Women learned how to assemble and maintain the filters. Each will share with 3 other families.
Rukia Driciru, Yumbe Rotary Club president, provides samples of clean water.
28 women volunteered to be "Water Ladies" for Achiba. Clean water is the key to good health.
Yumbe Rotarians worked with Village Health Providers in June to test and treat Achiba residents for malaria. In just one month, they cut the malaria rate in half. P2P supports the Achiba effort as well as malaria eradication through FICH in the Oyam District of Uganda.
Yumbe Rotarians recruiting applications for the next village to adopt.
P2P provided Sawyer Water Filters to Potentiel Terre for use in multiple villages in Niger.
STEP 3: COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
Rotarians engaged community leaders in Achiba to promote education for girls, teach hygiene, plant trees and to set up water committees to maintain the bore holes.
TCP Global borrowers in Yumbe can take an online class in basic math taught by a university student in Massachusetts and literacy classes taught by a CCEDUC staff member.
Rotarians work with villagers to keep the latrines, bore holes and hand wash stations clean.
"The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries who, with access to education, equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situation in their countries." Muhammad Yunus
For more info, contact TCPGlobal@peacecorpsconnect.org