Women’s financial self-reliance

The ladies of the Alara Women’s Group now have a reliable income from the tree nursery project. Some of the income is used for basic needs: medical fees, pots & pans, food, fuel, clothes etc.

But they have used some of their new income to set up a ‘Table-Top Bank’.

Every month, the ladies pool the money they have, then decide the priorities of who needs money to meet their social needs. Any lady who borrows money pays a mutually agreed interest rate which is then put back into the ‘pot’ for next month.

This project has helped the ladies to develop a greater sense of cooperation, community spirit and the benefits of long term planning.