SCA Rural Development Programme provides livelihood support where formation of Saving Groups is the entry point. Local communities in Aqcha district of Jawzjan province have established saving groups to thrive their economy.
The clerk of the group Mr. Naeemullah says, “There are four groups, two for women and two for men, the group’s members are 80 and we named this group Tolo-e- Khurshid, the group was started a week ago, in the first week, we were made aware of the program and importance of the group, and then we started its work practically, these groups are very fruitful for us, we can easily support each other by saving and utilizing our money for small business through these groups, it will give us power to stand by our own feet and give hands to each other’s in the bleakest circumstances.”
SCA will support these groups for six months in the terms of providing seed capital, revolving loan, vocational training and small business and value chain support with market linkages and then does a maturity assessment based on which on phaseout/not phaseout is decided. The group will sustain and continue by its own after phase while SCA RDP will still support them with some technical support.
These saving groups are financially supporting by European Union (EU) and implementing by SCA in Afghanistan.