Beneficiary Family at Abu Sinat B Village
We are excited to tell you that the Inception Meetings in our new Kids for Kids villages have finished up, and all the beneficiaries and committee members have been selected. Paravets are in training, and as soon as they are finished, it will be time for Goats and Donkeys to be purchased and brought to our eight new villages! As you know, we will not bring animals into a village until there are fully trained paravets at hand. Together, we build everything for long-term, sustainable change.
I thought you might be interested in learning more about the Animal Loan Committee (ALC), the key to ensuring the success and sustainability of our goat loan.
The Animal Loan Committee
Kids for Kids creates many committees when adopting a village, but the key committee in charge of our Goat Loan and our Donkeys is the Animal Loan Committee (ALC). The ALC is selected democratically by the community at the 2nd Inception Meeting in any village we adopt. It is formed of 15-20 members at a ratio of 40% - 60% (men to women) so that we can ensure that women get an equal voice. The members of the ALC should include the paravets, two beneficiaries, one Village Development Committee (VDC) member and a teacher. The chairman is preferably female because the beneficiaries of our goat loan and basic essential projects are mainly female.
Once selected, the ALC is trained in Bookeeping and Accountability and commit in the first meeting to provide regular reports back to our Project Leader and Programme Manager in Darfur. The ALC are responsible for identifying the women and families who should be considered as 1st generation beneficiaries. Then their main job is to support beneficiaries and ensure they are caring correctly for their animals in order to keep our projects sustainable.
The ALC is responsible for ensuring that no beneficiary will sell or kill a goat, or its offspring, during the course of the loan. This ensures that the family builds up a flock which will help them as a long-term investment and that they will be able to hand on five healthy fertile offspring to the next generation after two years.
1- Selection of Beneficiaries
2- Purchase and Distribution of Goats and Donkeys
3- Monitoring and Supervision of Goats and Beneficiaries (every ALC member will be responsible for 3-4 beneficiaries)
4- Monitoring and Supervision of Billy Goats
5- Meeting at least once a month and submission of reports to the Kids for Kids Team
6- Responsibility of Revolving Veterinary Drug Fund.
7- Replacement of Goats if a Beneficiary wants to change nonproductive goats
8- Keeping written records about meetings and all the financial aspects of the animal purchases and loans
9- Keeping records of all programme assets
10- Holding regular quarterly meetings with beneficiaries to discuss projects to help them
11- Submitting regular monthly reports to the programme manager and the Village Development Committee.
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ALC Meeting at Abu Sinat B Village
Beneficiary Family at Um Ajaja Village
2nd Inception Meeting Underway