Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
We believe that this project is an excellent fit with the theme of this competition: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works
In addition to the hard results based indicators that include the number of workshops; number of workshop participants; number of lamps sold; number of new contacts; percentage of ANA mothers and other participants that are active associates, income boost as a percentage of family income there are a wide spectrum of other benefits that include:
~Reduced fire risk
~Improved Indoor Air Quality
~Improved quality of indoor lighting
~Increased window for student studies
~Increased window for other home income generating activities
~Increased family security
~Innovative use of mobile phone technology
~Leadership skills development
~Business skills development
The success of our programs is framed by clear program planning and measured by careful internal monitoring and evaluation, supplemented by external reviews, audits and certifications. We recently were reviewed by Global Giving and actively fundraise using their online fundraising platform tools.
A key to all our outreach and poverty reduction programs is a core of dedicated program staff including 6 accredited social workers. In addition to weekly meetings they visit each partipating family 6 to 8 times per year.
We test our results against the Nuestros Ahijados mission: "Breaking the bitter chains of poverty through education and formation".
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
Realistic growth projection.
Phase 1 will involve the training and equipping of the 400 members of the existing Mother's Club and the development and refinement of the approach, support and administration materials.
In Phase 2 the women will assume leadership of the project and lead the replication phase, with the full support of the ANA project staff and social work team.
In Phase 3 this will be supplemented with the rich network of communities and families that the ANA Social Workers have. We regularly reach in excess of 12,000 persons in Guatemala annually. We will further expand the project reach with members of the Scheel Centre Mother's Club and Youth and also with experience sharing with other organizations with similar goals and interests to further expand the project.