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people with increased net income and savings in 2018

Sustainable Mine Site Validation

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Funder: USAID

This project is helping to counter illegal activities such as child labor, violence and other human abuses at artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through a validation process, the project verifies that no armed groups are present and that the mine has the legal authority to operate. This process is the first step to ensuring minerals are sourced responsibly and conflict-free, which contributes to broader peace and stability in the region.

Kizazi Kipya: New Generation

Country: Tanzania
Funder: USAID

The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project builds on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already has made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project is working across all regions of Tanzania. Partners include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.

Watato Inje Ya Mungoti: Children Out of Mining

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Funder: Public and private-sector partners

Since 2015, Pact's Children Out of Mining project has been working with local and international partners as well as private-sector companies to address child labor at DRC mine sites. With positive, collective action and an integrated package of interventions designed to address root causes, the project achieved a 97 percent reduction in the number of children working at project mine sites in the first two years. Children Out of Mining, also known as WIM, has included awareness raising and education and livelihoods and positive parenting skills development. The project has changed attitudes and norms about child labor, increased community awareness of children’s rights and improved the enforcement of bans on child labor. Recent additions to the project have included targeted interventions to support particularly vulnerable and older children, as well as the expanded use of Pact’s signature WORTH for Miners program, which provides literacy, numeracy, savings and financial skills to miners to increase mining families’ economic resources and potential. The project has also added local committees in key mining areas, training for local suppliers on international standards, and exchange visits with other mining communities addressing child labor.

This project has been made possible by the support of the GE Foundation, The Boeing Company, International Tin Association, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Google, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rocbelt, Hope Mining Cooperative, Children’s Voice, ARDERI, Trafigura Foundation, ERG and Dell.

Kozo Girls

Country: Zambia
Funder: Pact / USAID

This emerging, Pact-supported social enterprise provides reusable menstrual pads and economic opportunities for young women in Zambia. Learn more about Kozo Girls at facebook.com/kozogirls

WE Act: Empowering Young Women Entrepreneurs in Cambodia

Country: Cambodia
Funder: USAID

This Pact-led project supports young women entrepreneurs in Cambodia to reach their full potential. By supporting young women entrepreneurs to strengthen their skills, business linkages and participation with relevant associations, we strengthen families, communities and Cambodia overall. The project is focusing on urban-based micro, small and medium businesses owned by young women, ages 18 to 30. The project is working to address key challenges to their businesses through capacity development, network expansion, information sharing, access to finance and markets and more. In partnership with existing actors in the entrepreneur system, the project is supporting them to better serve the needs of young women entrepreneurs. The project also works to reduce economic gender barriers in Cambodia and stimulate women's participation in decision-making processes.

Advancing Community Empowerment

Country: Myanmar
Funder: USAID

The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma, works with communities to bolster their ownership, capacity and action to meet the needs of the most vulnerable; broaden participation for more inclusive decision making; and strengthen mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. Pact is implementing Advancing Community Empowerment in partnership with Community Partners International, Mercy Corps and Save the Children. The five-year project also partners with a broad range of local and regional organizations, service providers and actors to address community development priorities. 

LIFT (Small Grant Fund)

Country: Myanmar
Funder: LIFT

This two-year project is strengthening livelihood systems and civil society organizations across the most food-insecure areas of Myanmar's Dry Zone. The project is supporting civil society groups to increase access to financial resources and providing context-sensitive capacity development and learning and networking opportunities.

MyCulture

Country: Myanmar
Funder: LIFT

MyCulture is growing aquaculture in Myanmar, improving both the incomes of small-scale fish farmers and the food and nutrition security of communities in the country's Dry Zone. The project is leveraging aquaculture innovations and best practices, generating knowledge to scale up interventions, and building networks and the capacity of communities to engage in small-scale aquaculture.

Ahlin Yaung Renewable Energy Program

Country: Myanmar
Funder: Chevron/ Shell/ Let There Be Light Myanmar

The Ahlin Yaung (“light” in Myanmar language) Project is working to provide renewable energy access to 1 million low-income people in rural Myanmar by 2021. Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with the national electricity grid reaching only a small part of the population, mostly in urban areas. Ahlin Yaung uses Pact’s Village Development Committees (VDCs) and WORTH savings groups to manage the program at the community level. VDCs, through community-managed revolving funds, provide funding for households to purchase photovoltaic equipment on hire-purchase. WORTH groups manage community solar charging stations, which charge special batteries for household lighting and mobile device charging, to distribute electricity to communities. Both the revolving fund and WORTH group models generate interest and income for other village development activities. Ahlin Yaung also provides funding to villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level. 

Swan Yi

Country: Myanmar
Funder: The Coca-Cola Foundation

Swan Yi uses WORTH, Pact’s savings-based economic empowerment model, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addition to helping women save money and access credit, WORTH provides intensive training and support to build members' capacity as successful entrepreneurs. The project incorporates leadership skills to support the health and education of women, their families and communities. Since 2013, Swan Yi has established more than 1,200 savings groups with more than 30,000 members. Swan Yi also incorporates an advocacy curriculum rooted in empowerment principles, educating members on topics including labor law, domestic violence, divorce and children’s and land rights. Continuous self-learning helps women develop business literacy and numeracy skills to start, manage and sustain their businesses. A recently added project component is creating a healthy physical environment at the community level by promoting improved waste management practices through a participatory community action process.

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