Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
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This “Summary of Findings” report presents evidence illustrating the role that WORTH, a women’s empowerment program centered on village banking, has played in The Salvation Army’s “Sustainable Community Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children” project in Uganda (heretofore known as the “TSA OVC” project). The aim of the project, funded by PEPFAR, was to improve the welfare of “orphans and vulnerable children” (OVC) affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Salvation Army World Service Office(SAWSO), in collaboration with Pact, conducted an extensive evaluation in March 2010 on the impact that WORTH has made in the lives of OVC involved in the TSA OVC project. The evaluation team conducted 685 household surveys with caregivers of OVC and OVC between the ages of 12 to 19 years, collecting data on key areas of project impact: nutrition, education, health, shelter, finance and psychosocial status (outlook). In addition to the household survey data, this report also incorporates data collected from focus group interviews with project beneficiaries and staff during the final evaluation of the TSA OVC project, conducted in February 2010. The original role of the WORTH program within this project was to improve economic security for OVC, yet the evaluation reveals that the impact of WORTH went beyond economic strengthening and has empowered OVC caregivers in other important ways as well.