Wawcas 16 months entrepreneurship program is divided into 3 phases. The training is handled by Wawcas’ certified trainers – i.e. Wawcas Local Program Leaders (LPLs).
During the long-term training the women change. They become somebody from nobody, as they put it themselves. The journey begins with the preparation phase which lasts 3 months. The goal of this phase is to make the women ready to join a group and to build a strong foundation in each woman and sense of solidarity.
The women must show readiness to make initial life changes and to start their businesses.
Preparation Phase (3 months)
2. Home visits:
3. Creating a new group
5. Identifying challenges
Implementation Phase (12 months)
We support the women in developing democratic norms for the group activities and roles of the chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
The business starts at the beginning of the implementation phase.
The women have a 98 % repayment rate due to close follow up by the trainers and because their businesses are successful. The repaid loans go to new women.
The group becomes a small bank to its members. It gives them access to money, which normally is very difficult for these women. The group loans are repaid in three months.
5. Bi-monthly training
Training in business development, market management, profit and loss, and social development such as children and women rights, nutrition, genderequality, and sanitation.
Exit Phase (1 months)
After the Implementation phase the women and their groups are ready to continue on their own.
Each woman’s progress is evaluated and documented in Wawcas’ datasystem: their economic status, the issues they raised in the beginning of the training, and the change-indicators.
The women create a strategic plan for where they see their business in 5 years – and a 5-year plan for the group.
The groups are registered with local authorities in order to draw on government resources.