Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Learning from STRIVE’s Mozambique Project: Savings Groups Effects on Household and Child Wellbeing
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The STRIVE Mozambique project implemented savings groups in Nampula Province, Mozambique, from 2008 to 2012. The project also worked with a complementary USAID Title II food security program to promote rotating shared labor schemes. STRIVE Mozambique sought to assess whether participating rural households would improve their cash flow management, increase their productivity, and build stronger ties within their communities, leading to sustained improvements in the quantity and quality of food available and consumed by children.
This presentation will discuss what STRIVE Mozambique learned about how these activities can help households build assets, generate income, and mitigate risk. It will also present what STRIVE learned about knowledge gaps with respect to improving household and child wellbeing through economic strengthening, that may assist future programming efforts in Mozambique or other rural contexts.
M. Reid Hamel, Save the Children Associate Director, Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Dept. of Hunger and Livelihoods at Save the Children
Aurélie Brunie, PhD, Program Sciences, FHI 360
Jennine Carmichael, Program Manager, Economic Development and Livelihoods, FHI 360