Improving Rural Empowerment through access to credit and information

VSLA. Village Savings and Loan Association members having their meeting

Currently, the project is benefiting 60,000 people organised into over 2500 groups in over 40 local government of Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kebbi and Adamawa; with an equity of over N500million, a net profit of N70million and a return on savings of 16.6%

They are self-selected 15 to 25 individuals who meet regularly (usually weekly or fortnightly) to save and, if desired, borrow for short periods, paying monthly interest at a rate set by the group. After approximately 12 months, all savings and earnings are distributed back to group members.

The earnings usually are distributed in proportion to their savings. VS&LAs are self-managed community-based groups that provide their members access to basic financial services. VS&LAs respond directly to the unmet financial service needs of the remote and rural poor by providing: a) a secure place to save; b) the opportunity to borrow in small amounts and on flexible terms; and c) affordable basic social insurance services.

Objective

VSLAs aim to increase household financial assets and to decrease household vulnerability to financial and other shocks and stresses.

 Beneficiaries

Oxfam is working with partners to implement the VSLA initiative which will directly support 200,000 small scale farmers (SSF) 50% of whom are women by March 2019, organised into 8000 village savings and loans groups in Bauchi,Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Adamawa, Ibadan and Taraba States. Currently, the project is benefiting 60,000 people organised into over 2500 groups in over 40 local government of Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kebbi and Adamawa; with an equity of over N500million, a net profit of N70million and a return on savings of 16.6%.

Apart from the savings and loans, the project has facilitated access to agricultural inputs (fertilisers, seeds and agro-chemicals) and increased their productivity of small scale farmers (SSFs) in addition to serving as platforms for innovation, peace and conflict resolution as well as capacity building. Oxfam’s target is to reach 1,000,000 beneficiaries by 2023.