The Tin Khamba (three pillar) project provides poor, low-caste and minority women with an opportunity to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, manage their own savings and credit groups, and improve their livelihoods.
Over 1.5 years, a disadvantaged Nepalese woman will participate in:
basic literacy classes
basic financial literacy classes, such as budgets and numeracy
starting and running savings and loan groups
livelihood workshops to gain skills to start or expand her business
Pioneering microfinance in Laos with a project that focuses on poor, rural communities that lack access to financial services The project initially targets 10 villages in one district using a village banking model. This network of village banks and the supporting infrastructure will form the foundation of a sustainable microfinance institution (MFI) that will expand to other districts and provinces. Over 2,000 people will benefit from access to microfinance and lift themselves out of poverty
Cambodia- My Better Future
In one of the poorest provinces, Prey Veng, we work with local communities and government agencies to provide a path to a better future for teenage girls who have dropped out of the formal school system and are at risk of exploitation. The pathway comprises:
Six months of basic literacy and numeracy training (course developed with UNESCO).
Six to eight months of post literacy and livelihoods preparation. Students were involved in a range of practical life skills and livelihood activities
Savings group activities- to develop a savings habit, manage accounts, build a savings base, and link to MFIs