Village Community Banking
Pathfinder implemented a McKnight Foundation award to improve the socioeconomic condition of people living with HIV and AIDS.
The project, which created savings and investment groups for HIV and AIDS support groups and women's groups in two districts in Tanzania, was based on the successful village community banking (VICOBA) model.
During the life of the project, at least 120 VICOBA groups were established and supported. An interesting adaptation of the Pathfinder VICOBA project was that many of the savings and investment groups not only generated income for their own households, but also provided support to the most vulnerable members of the community through the creation of community endowment funds that addressed specific social needs. VICOBA groups also used their weekly meetings to provide public health education on HIV prevention, care, treatment, and stigma reduction.
PAST PROJECT: Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
PAST PROJECT: This project worked to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
This paper offers a critical overview of social science research presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
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