Women's Savings & Loan Program in Niger

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This project will create a Savings & Loan program for 60 nomadic women in Niger who mentor at-risk girls to invest in small scale herding, generating income for both their families and the program, to be extended to hundreds of women in the communities of Seiga and Ingui as well as surrounding areas.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The nomadic communities of Seiga & Ingui in the Tillaberi region of Niger are hard hit by recent droughts and an influx of Mali refugees. Men are often absent searching for work, leaving women to support families without means to generate income and no access to seed funds. Though mentoring programs in both communities have drastically increased girls' enrollment, education is a long term investment that requires sustainable support.

How will this project solve this problem?

A savings and loan program will provide the seed funds needed for women mentors to engaging in small scale herding and salt lick production to generate income. Training will equip mentors to extend the program to women in the the wider communities. 50% of funds generated will support the mentoring program keeping at-risk girls in school and providing sustainability. S&L members learn the value of saving and basic principles of finance as family stability and food security increases.

Potential Long Term Impact

150+ at-risk girls will get help to succeed in school, 30 mentors and their families will be able to retain their current food stocks and herd animals with income to purchase food. Subsistence level herding will grow to become profit generating enterprise along with the knowledge of the value of saving. Women's contributions and decisions will empower them economically & socially as the program is extended to hundreds more women in Seiga and Ingui as well as surrounding areas.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.



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Mentoring for At-Risk Nomadic Girls in Rural Niger
Rural Niger, West Africa has a 10% literacy rate, and girls rarely progress past the fourth grade - instead staying at home to work or marrying as young teens. RAIN offers mentoring to at-risk nomadic and rural girls to keep them succeeding in school. Girls learn from local women volunteering as mentors in traditional and life skills. Mentors are also trained in hygiene as well as gender specific health and life issues to offer guidance and advocate with parents and teachers. project reportread updates from the field


Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Project Leader

Julia D'Orazio

Office Manager
Portsmouth, NH United States

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