A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar

by Zahana

Summary

Creating a dedicated seed fund for micro-enterprise projects. Initiated and implemented by the villagers, with support from Zahana, it makes a huge difference overcoming the grip of object poverty.
$20,000
total goal
$10,788
remaining
76
donors
1
monthly donor
6
years active

Challenge

Most poor subsistence farmers are in remote villages. Nobody is willing to lend them money for e.g. seeds, life stock or tools, so they turned repeatedly to Zahana for help. A small NGO, Zahana does not yet have the financial capacity to assist even a fraction of the projects suggested. Hence the need for a dedicated micro-credit fund that provides access to much needed cash, at a fair rate for many farmers. Villagers will organize in groups to be eligible to borrow.

Solution

Community groups can present their ideas to Zahana. Zahana evaluates each request and provides the available seed money with adequate training and actively involves e.g. the teacher or the village elders in its implementation and supervision.

Long-Term Impact

Crops and animals need time to grow. It may take months or years to evaluate its success. Based on the villager’s requests it is clear that with a small amount of money entrepreneurial ventures could greatly improve their lives if they can get it.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​zahana.org
Zahan's main website
Zahana's current microcredit webpage
Zahana's work on Youtube

Organization Information

Zahana

Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​zahana.org
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Volunteer
Honolulu, HI United States