Through our Ending Poverty One Village at a Time (EPOVAT) program, MOUCECORE works with income-restrained households to provide access to financial services and knowledge that allow them to increase their purchasing power. Local authorities and volunteers at the village level work together to increase the reach of the program, ensuring more families are impacted.
Small self-help groups are formed where members have the opportunity to learn about saving and credit use, as well as entrepreneurial development opportunities and income-generating activities that help them overcome the cycle of poverty.
In addition to learning about these practices, each group creates a community solidarity fund (CSF). Following the model described in Acts 4, all members of the group are encouraged to contribute to the fund on a weekly basis. The CSF is then available to every member of the group when they are in need of loans, health care, school fees for their children, funding to initiate income-generating activities, or financing for individual and community projects.
Because these activities are implemented using our model of church and community mobilization, they significantly contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty at the village level, allowing individuals, families and communities to become increasingly self-sufficient.
We encourage everyone to take ownership in poverty eradication. By giving what they can–contributing to a CSF or participating in the construction of a new water source–people are empowered to create change in their communities.
We target farmers to train them on better farming techniques. In doing so, they are empowered to establish food security for their households and communities. This leads to improved financial standing and, ultimately, poverty eradication.
We identify income-constrained households and help them form self-help groups. We are then able to provide them with financial services, including training related to saving and credit use, so they can increase their purchasing power.