A) Community Development Program
With community based development program, people in Mbuji-Mayi accessing this program continue to work together to bring positive outcomes. The centre continues to be a hub for change, grass-roots activity and community –centred development.
- Participants of community development program in Mbuji-Mayi are properly trained with our community–based model for development.
- The quality of their lives continues to improve – access to food, kids attending school, improved housing, clothes to wear and capacity to save.
- The number of participants who received our services in Mbuji-Mayi has increased from 1200 to 1900 people in 2015. Among the 1900 participants, 97 of them have registered as primary members to support the centre with their contributions for furniture and other expenses such as transport and communication for the staff. We are proud of them for trying to be self- sufficient.
B) Micro Finance
With proper governance and training, individuals or groups are able to access the funds to start up small businesses through micro financing.
A system has been set up to regulate the payments of loans to members. There are five team members, who periodically follow up with all the borrowings.
The accountant and administrator of Mbuji-Mayi centre provide training and follow up through frequent visits to the field. This way, they monitor how the individual members and collective group borrowers are progressing with their businesses.
- With proper governance and training, the borrowers are effectively repaying the loans and are able to apply for fresh funding.
- Most of borrowers have been successful in repaying their loans
- We are happy to announce that the project groups have increased from 11 to 22 across different villages.
In 2015 we received a grant from Entrust Foundation for our agriculture project.
We purchased 14 hectares of fertile land, which is 20 kilometres away from our Muji-Mayi centre for agricultural activities. The centre has hired an Agronomist to manage agricultural projects.
- We have increased the capacity for operating more project groups including co-operatives, livestock, micro-enterprises etc.
- Mobilisation of the population for agriculture activities including livestock and fish ponds have increased.
- Partnership with other business sectors have increased exponentially.