This report provides an overview of what transpired in the last quarter at CFU. The caregiver that are in enrolled in the program were trained in the principles and methodology of VSLAs. The training was done in the VSLA groups that were formed and each VSLA consists of 5 to 10 members. The main training objective was to equip the caregivers with the knowledge of VSLA and how it operates. And also, for the members to understand the importance of being in the group and saving in the group. Formation of their groups and selection of leaders and amendments of the constitution and how they will be operating in their groups.
• Support VSLA to elect their own leaders.
• Support the VSLA groups in the amendments of their constitution.
• Support VSLA groups in the establishment of their meeting days and venue.
• To create unity and oneness among the group members.
The training adopted participatory adult learning approach. This design was deemed best to ensure that caregivers share their experiences with one another about savings in groups. The designed supported participatory learning such as role plays, open plenary sessions and group discussions.
Conducted two training sessions on the principles and methodology of VSLA for a total of 40 caregivers of children with cerebral palsy
Established three VSLA groups for caregivers of children with cerebral palsy
Provided ongoing support and guidance to the VSLA groups
Achievements and Outcomes:
All 30 caregivers who participated in the training sessions were able to successfully complete the training and start saving and lending in VSLA groups.
Three VSLA groups were established with a total of 30 members and the established groups were supported in electing their leaders.
Caregivers demonstrated increased knowledge of financial concepts, savings strategies, and loan management.
Caregivers reported feeling more confident in managing their finances and participating in community-based savings and lending groups.
The training program on the principles and methodology of VSLA has been successful in helping caregivers of children with cerebral palsy to improve their financial well-being. The VSLA groups are still in their early stages, but they have the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of caregivers and children with cerebral palsy.
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