Building Sustainable Livelihoods

Reporting Organization:Presbyterian World Service & Development
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 931,000
Timeframe: July 18, 2012 - December 29, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Presbyterian World Service & Development

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Malawi - $ 931,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (26.43 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Food Security & Agriculture (9.77 %)

Protection (6.73 %)

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The project aims to raise the economic potential of poor and marginalized people in Malawi through integrated activities that create sustainable bases for increased income at the household level. The core of the project mainly targets women and provides both women and men with skills to increase their productivity either through vocational training leading to employment, micro-enterprise development, or increased agricultural production. In order to maximise its results, the project also invests in education to help children have the necessary foundation for further training in the future, and in basic health to help reduce the incidence of health related issues that affect productivity, especially for women.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) improved economic status through access to work opportunities and financial skills for women, men, girls and boys living in poverty in targeted communities in Northern and Southern Malawi; (ii) improved educational achievement in primary, secondary, and third level schools for girls and boys; (iii) improved productivity (ability of households to perform day-to-day activities) due to fewer health-related issues for women, men, girls, boys; and (iv) enhanced equality between women and men, boys and girls, in communities and programs for beneficiaries and local partners.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of July 2015 include: (1) 2,129 people, including 2,109 women have taken out loans mainly used for business investments, and have repaid them; (2) 1,516 women and youth developed business plans for their income-generating activities; (3) four parent-teachers associations have developed action plans to improve education quality in primary and secondary schools. They have decided to build additional learning and housing blocks and started moulding bricks for these buildings; (4) in the last year, an average of 51% of pregnant women, compared to 40% at the beginning of the project, received pre-natal care and about 35,000 children received medical attention in mobile clinics; and (5) 2,936 women and girls were trained in decision making and the percentage of women participating in political processes at community level raised from 19% at the beginning of the project, to 46%.

These have contributed to improving the economic status of people (especially women) living in communities in Northern and Southern Malawi, by increasing their access to credit and local markets.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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