Supporting and Empowering Women in Rural Lundazi District of Zambia

Supporting and Empowering Women in Rural Lundazi District of Zambia

Zambia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
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Establishing 20 Income Generating Clubs for women and support 50 poor women headed households. The project will address basic human needs of poverty-stricken communities. Women are left struggling to feed, clothe and nurture their children. Women will be empowered with reasonable income in order to adequately care for their children.

About You
Organization:
Rising Fountains Development Program (RFDP)
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Mathias

Last Name

Zimba

Country

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

Rising Fountains Development Program (RFDP)

Organization Phone

+260-977219239

Organization Address

Rising Fountains Development Program, P.O Box 530230, Lundazi

Organization Country
How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

1. What makes your idea unique? (250 words or fewer)
The idea is unique in the sense that RFDP is the only organisation that has developed a multi-sectoral approach when handling community needs that include water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS and health, orphans and vulnerable children, micro loan, forestry and agro-forestry. Far outlying operational areas have been targeted. These are places where the most marginalized segment of people in society resides. Many NGOs are biased towards working on the plateau leaving out the neediest in remotest parts of the district where their services are badly needed. Additionally, in the case of micro loans, club members will be required to pay back the loan with an interest and this money will be further disbursed to other club members. By so doing the loan will act as a revolving fund that will not make RFDP seek more funding once the project has been initiated.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Yes

Impact
Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

Through training workshops women will be exposed and interact with other community members. This will help them acquire new ideas and knowledge that may make them better understand developmental issues for the well-being of the entire society. Initially, 300 community members

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

In Zambia, women do not often have access to the much-needed credit and technical assistance to fulfill their production and profit potential. The situation is even worse in the remotest parts like Lundazi rural. The formal credit institutions are less than forthcoming in offering loans to this disadvantaged segment of the society because of lack of collateral to pledge. Bankers are also apprehensive of the future of such businesses. Moreover, government organs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in micro-lending do not posses a systematic approach. Therefore, the mainstream credit system, particularly at operational level, is insensitive to the credit need of women. Lack of incentives has put women in a very awkward position where they are left with no option but to take care of a host of orphaned children.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

Needs Assessment workshops have been held to identify and register women to be involved in this innovation. This involved the use of questionnaires, evidence of death certificates or other legitimate references. To ensure the full participation of the community, especially women and children, in the project, local experts and community members have conducted the needs assessment.
RFDP has formed 20 women groups (comprising at least 15 members per group) between the ages of 35 and 45 in Lundazi rural district that were trained in basic micro loan skills. Micro loans are being given to the Club Members after the completion of the training in managing income generating projects. These micro loans will allow women to set in motion their economic independence to support their needy children. Loans are being paid in kind or cash according to fixed repayment schedules.
Women who are impoverished are usually semi-illiterate or illiterate. In addition, since the women in this innovation may get involved for the very first time, they might not grasp the concept there and then. This may not lead to great project success. Cultures and traditions may also be a hindrance as in certain societies; women are looked down upon as people who cannot play leading roles in developmental issues.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

The anticipated results of this project are that the established and functioning Care and Support Program and Women Clubs improve the physical, mental and social health of women between the ages of 35 and 45. This project will improve the economic self-sufficiency of women to be able to better care, nurture and provide for their children. The proposed activities will contribute to the achievement of the anticipated results by incorporating a results-based management scheme within all aspects of the project, and by using a participatory approach. A performance measurement framework will be used as a project monitoring and evaluating tool, which shall ensure that the outcomes indicated in the Results Based Management Framework are achieved.
Throughout the project cycle, RFDP will encourage active participation of all stakeholders so that their voices are heard.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

No

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

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Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Rising Fountains Development Program is not an expert in all the fields regarding development programs. Therefore RFDP values partnership so much because other organizations in the partnership will have strength in their areas of expertise that will be used to implement projects that RFDP cannot implement. Therefore by so doing RFDP will be able to succeed in any initiative that it undertakes when we work with partners.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

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The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Rising Fountains Development Program was established in 2002 in response to the conditions faced by people in Lundazi District generally and the Luangwa Valley specifically. Of particular concern were issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, the provision of care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), access and availability of basic education and health services, water and sanitation access, the position of women, the lack of sustainable incomes, food insecurity, environmental degradation and general living standards in the area.

RFDP aims to achieve the following objectives in the projects it implements:
• Improve primary health care and contribute to the reduction of the spread HIV/AIDS
• To improve the availability of clean drinking water and sanitation installations, hygiene practices.
• To improve the provision of care and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and youths.
• To improve access to basic education for OVC through the distribution of school requisites, paying school fees and supporting community schools.
• To empower women in rural communities by increasing their incomes through sustainable Livelihoods and Micro Enterprise Development.
• To promote environmental protection and sustainable ecological agriculture.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

Rising Fountains Development Program was established in 2002 in response to the conditions faced by people in Lundazi District generally and the Luangwa Valley specifically. Mr. Mathias Zimba is the founder and the Executive Director for Rising Fountains Development Program (RFDP). He is the innovator of this initiative. Of particular concern were issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, the provision of care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), access and availability of basic education and health services, water and sanitation access, the position of women, the lack of sustainable incomes, food insecurity, environmental degradation and general living standards in the area

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Personal contact at Changemakers

If through another source, please provide the information

Sarah Mintz

ICRW
Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Economic or institutional constraints.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Approximately 250 words left (2000 characters).

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology training, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

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If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project developed a focus on women over time..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Peri-urban, Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

The core project team includes women..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Government.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working on innovation.

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