Financial exclusion has led to the development of indigenous community-based solutions. Traditional savings groups have been in existence for decades and are wide spread in villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America where formal financial services are largely absent. Such informal entities, technically referred to as Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) are known by different names in different regions of the world such as tandas (Latin America), chamas (Swahili-speaking East Africa), ekub (Ethiopia), cundinas (Mexico), ayuuto (Somalia), stokvel (South Africa), hagbad (Somaliland), susu (West Africa and the Caribbean), tontines (parts of West Africa), Merry-go-rounds (Kenya), upatu (Tanzania), arisans (Indonesia) and by many other terminologies.
EIS supports and promotes CBSL in local communities as a sustainable and low cost approach to poverty reduction in line with SDG 1. To ensure these groups are accessible by all sections of the communities, concepts of disability and gender inclusion are core aspect of the practice and are embedded in the training package provided to groups.
From 2015 to 2018, a total of 14 effective groups have been created with over 350 members with a little above 60 % being women.
Our Skills Development program focuses on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET); a driving force for sustainable development.This initiative is aimed at improving the livelihood of women and youths with greater interest to the most vulnerable-OVCs, PWDs, widows, girls and the poor & needy so they can improve their access to health care services as well as achieve economic independence. The selection of a training program for each individual is informed by the learner’s interest, competencies and the job market realities in each community.Participants who benefit from these initiative are empowered to either work independently (self-employed) or seek employment with possible employers.
Formalize partnerships with local and international organizations/institutions involved in providing vocational trainings
Perform a need assessment to establish who needs support and the kind of training program to link them to
Do a placement for the beneficiaries in training programs and support them to create employment for themselves or link them with employers
Career guidance and orientation services have been defined by theOrganization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2004, p.19) and in a World Bank report (Watts and Fretwell, 2004, p.2) as services intended to assist individuals, of any age and any point throughout their lives to make educational training and occupational choices and to manage their careers.
Provide Career Information services and this covers information on courses, occupations and career paths.
Provide career counseling services to individuals
Create a platform for individuals to develop the competences required for them to manage their career development