Tell us about your partnerships
The Mothers’ Union is a global, grassroots network, of 4 million (mainly) women. Motivated by a Christian faith, they are concerned with the wellbeing of life in their communities. In Burundi they have trained over 30,000 participants to become literate. Once the members have become literate, they continue to meet in their groups, and focus on the development needs in their communities. We also partner with the Anglican Church of Burundi.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We currently have a program in Sudan and South Sudan, which is targeting mostly women. This program uses a similar model to the Burundi program with a goal of building the capacity of local people in literacy, numeracy, business skills and savings group formation with an emphasis on women's rights and civic responsibility in this post-conflict environment. Because of the strong local Mother's Union network, lessons learned from Burundi and the need for this kind of financial and business skills training in Sudan and South Sudan, we are able to implement this program with the Mother's Union.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Five Talents' work is successful because we emphasize building the capacity of local people and partner with community-led organizations and the local church. Local people are best positioned to meet the needs of their community and Five Talents is structured to support them.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We need additional funding if this program is going to continue to impact more communities and people in Burundi. We also need to ensure that our story is told via marketing pieces and through social media.