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Can village savings and loan groups be a potential tool in the malnutrition fight? Mixed method findings from Mozambique Image

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Can village savings and loan groups be a potential tool in the malnutrition fight? Mixed method findings from Mozambique

Can village savings and loan groups be a potential tool in the malnutrition fight? Mixed method findings from Mozambique

Summary

Child malnutrition is a pervasive problem in sub-Saharan Africa that affects individual and national development. This article examines the impact of participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups, alone and in combination with a rotating labor scheme called Ajuda Mútua (AM), on household and child nutritional outcomes in Nampula Province in Mozambique. It combines findings from an impact evaluation and a qualitative exploration of the dynamics underlying nutritional outcomes.

Findings underscore the potential of economic-strengthening activities such as VSLs for improving seasonal and transitory food security, but highlight the need for additional supporting interventions in order to overcome chronic nutritional challenges.



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