Mozambique is a country marked by drought, the effects of the civil war and flood disasters. In Mozambique at least two thirds of the population live in poorest living conditions.
In the province of Inhambane, farmers suffer from lacking sales potential and an insufficient infrastructure. 20 % of the children die before reaching the age of five, the general life expectancy is at the alarmingly low level of 45 years. In this province, CARE co-operates especially with women saving groups. It gives them advice and helps them to organize and establish a social fund. The participants are trained as advisers of the group, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project. The project mainly aims at increasing the household income. This goal shall be achieved by introducing saving groups and granting credits.
Together with the local non-governmental organization KUKULA, CARE offers training on the topics of granting credits and handling savings and loans. The group members pay in between 0.20 USD and 20 USD. Then they borrow between 40 USD and 3,600 USD out of the group’s savings.
These microcredit programmes in the two districts of Inhassoro and Vilankulos give people new hope and offer the participating women new life-perspectives. On the long term, the measures positively affect economic development and lead to new sources of income, a more sustainable agriculture, a considerable yield increase and enable people to better overcome natural disasters by themselves. The European Commission classified the CARE project as “very good”.