Women are key drivers of change and development in rural communities. They are responsible for managing households, reproductive tasks, caring for children and providing a more than significant share of the farm, and collecting firewood and water. At the same time, they are the key ingredient to achieve lasting changes in the communities.
As such, we have set up 99 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) in 52 communities in Côte d’Ivoire. VSLAs are regarded as one form of child labour risk mitigation as through the savings kept and loans taken in the VSLA, members are able to invest in either existing or start new micro entreprise and improve household income and economic situation.
In the photo below, women are sharing the funds from the VSLA of Oress Krobou.