Significant progress has been made since the ChildVoice loan program began in January. Most recently, home visits were conducted to evaluate each girls’ current living situation and to determine the girls' eligibility for the loans.
Of the 17 girls who transitioned into the post-residential phase in December, 12 of them have already been able to put their vocational skills to use in their villages. One participant, Apiyo Scovia, shared this with us: “Using the hair styling skills that I learned at ChildVoice, I have been able to work with many customers here in my village. With the money I saved from that, I helped my family by building a hut for my mother.”
As a requirement for the loan program, the participants are expected to save money by joining a village savings group, and many of the girls’ have already begun working within those groups and gathering the necessary items for their businesses.
To ensure the best possible chance for success, ChildVoice will continue to monitor and support our participants and prepare them for the acceptance of a loan, which will help them to boost their existing microenterprises and save money for their family’s futures.
To date, the project is 25% of the way to reaching the funding goal of $6000, and we are so grateful for the generous contributions that have been made so far. Before we are able to fully implement this program, however, we still have more fundraising to complete! The sooner we raise the total amount, the sooner we can begin helping young war affected women help themselves to create opportunity, self-sufficiency, and freedom!