Project #243 | Graduation Approach for Self-Sufficient Families in Zambia

Our Partnership with Alliance for Children Everywhere

Out of 24.3 million people in Zambia, 57.5% earn less than the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. In 2020, the UN reported that 19% of women have an unmet need for family planning and 34% of children under age five experience moderate to severe stunting from malnutrition. Only 40.3% of Zambian women report having an account at a financial institution, and 45.9% of report experiencing gender-based violence.

Through our partnership with Alliance for Children Everywhere, 314 Zambian women had the opportunity to graduate from extreme poverty to self sufficiency.  Alliance for Children Everywhere’s “Graduation Approach” included: coaching and mentorship, integration into a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA), asset transfers for income generating activities, and referrals to support services.  As a result, 77% of women were able to start an informal business, and 3% have been able to formally register their business.  The project has also significantly improved vulnerable families’ food security.  Before the intervention, a majority of families regularly went more than a day without food at a time.  Now, 58% are eating 2 meals a day and another 37% are eating 3 meals a day!

Our Collective Impact




Meet Emeldah

Emeldah is a hard working single mother of 6 who earned some money selling groceries like vegetables and chicken.  However, she had limited opportunities to grow her business.  Through the project, she had the opportunity to join a savings group.  By accessing trainings and assets, she has been able to grow her business and increase her income.  Emeldah is always willing to learn and grow.  She shares that learning about and practicing saving money has had a huge impact on her family!

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.

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