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Microfinance Brigades

Information Session

[Insert date here]

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GLOBAL BRIGADES

Global Brigades’ Mission: To empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world.

Global Brigades’ Vision: To improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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PROGRAMS

To empower volunteers, Global Brigades offers 9 skill-based programs

DENTAL

MEDICAL

PUBLIC HEALTH

WATER

ARCHITECTURE

BUSINESS

ENVIRONMENTAL

LAW

MICROFINANCE

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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WHERE WE WORK

Programs are offered in Honduras, Panama, Ghana and Nicaragua

  • Countries selected based on:
    • Large need in rural areas
    • Strong community partnerships
    • Logistically feasible
    • Safe for volunteers
  • Needs that Global Brigades addresses:
    • Basic services
    • Healthcare
    • Economic

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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PROGRAMS & COUNTRIES

Ghana

Honduras

Panama

Nicaragua

Dental

Medical

Microfinance

Water

Architecture

Business

Dental

Medical

Microfinance

Public Health

Water

Business

Dental

Environmental

Law

Medical

Medical

Public Health

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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PROGRAMS & COUNTRIES

Ghana

Honduras

Panama

Nicaragua

Business

Dental

Medical

Microfinance

Water

Architecture

Business

Dental

Medical

Microfinance

Public Health

Water

Business

Dental

Environmental

Human Rights

Medical

Microfinance

Medical

Public Health

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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RURAL HONDURAS STATISTICS

  • Typical family lives on
  • less than $2 a day
  • Average level of education is
  • approximately 5th grade
  • Typical personhave less than
  • 3 gallons of water per day to use
  • 70% have no access to public sanitary services
  • Typically no doctors within 20 miles radius
  • 80% of the population haveno access to a dentist
  • Limited to no access to microfinance

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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5 in 6 people in rural Honduras

do not have access to loans

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87%

of people

in Honduras only

have access to intermediaries who charge high interest rates on loans

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1 farmer

can double production

For every

1 Microfinance

Volunteer

=

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MICROFINANCE NEEDS

  • What are the Economic Issues?
  • Communities lack access to any financial system
  • Lack of long term financial mindset
  • Absence of financial literacy
  • Trapped in a debt cycle
    • Intermediaries are only option for selling crops (coyotes)
    • Minimal profit only permits minimal product

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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HOW MICROFINANCE HELPS

    • Microfinance provides access to financial support:
    • Within the community
      • Allows healthier, more productive lives
      • Leads to increase in crop production
  • Microfinance is connected to:
    • Education
    • Health and hygiene
    • Agriculture
    • Self sustainability
    • Female empowerment
    • Long term mindset (hope)

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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What is MICROFINANCE brigades?

  • Formation of the Caja Rural
  • Sought out communities in need based on Global Brigades existing relationships
  • Global Brigades discovers community leaders which are then trained to operate the Caja Rural, a community based bank
  • GB staff administers formal and intensive FUNDER microfinance training: 3 separate, 3-day offsite modules & periodic follow-up assistance
    • Function of the Caja Rural
    • The Caja is operated by community members to serve men, women, and children of the community. Community members are the shareholders/owners and thus invested in the Caja’ssuccess
    • With Global Brigades’ guidance, community members take ownership by investing dividends, setting interest rates, etc.
    • The Caja allows community members to take out loans and open savings accounts

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

  • Community Selection
  • Based on
    • Need
    • Access to financial support
    • Community commitment
  • Sustainability Aspects
  • Community Executive Boards and Shareholders
    • Community led and owned
    • Operate and maintain system
  • In-country staff
    • Train executive board members and maintain year round follow up
    • Develop and maintain Caja Rural businesses
    • Develop future community relationships
    • Ensure that the books are being properly managed for loans, savings and shares
    • Develop an exit strategy so Caja can be sustained on it’s own

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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WHY WE WANT YOU

  • Your Benefits
  • Contribute to sustainable change
    • Provide a community access to financial literacy, health, and economic potential
  • Education improvement
    • Basic finance application
    • Spanish language immersion
  • International development experience
    • Consulting on financial needs and solutions
  • Community Benefits
  • Investment for community wide projects
  • Help bank capitalization, accelerate bank growth
  • Students empower communities
  • Reinforces communities commitment to their community banks.

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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SAMPLE BRIGADE ITINERARY

ABOUT

LOCATION

BUSINESS

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

  • Day 1 – Arrival & Microfinance Introduction
  • Transportation to lodging facility
    • Electricity, showers and bathrooms
    • Bed linens and pillow
    • Laundry and room cleaning
    • 24 hour security
    • Limited internet
  • Honduras & Microfinance introduction
    • The Global Brigades Model
    • Microfinance
    • Community Bank, Community Development fund. Cooperative Development
    • Cultural Sensitivity

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

Day 2 – Relationship Building

  • Initial Caja Meeting
  • Caja Rural executive board meeting
    • Question & answer
    • Leader’s perspective
  • Community Introduction
  • Understanding the community
    • Socio-economic perspective
    • Cultural perspective
  • Needs vs. Assets
    • Understanding the main necessities of the community and the available ways to satisfy them
  • Family interview preparation
    • On the basis of the information collected during the day

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

  • Day 3 – Family Interviews
  • Visit families in their homes
  • Develop an understanding of:
    • Families’ financial literacy
    • Occupation
    • Business Aspirations
    • Culture
    • Potential loan candidates
  • Encourage interaction between families and volunteers
  • Develop an understanding of families assets and wealth

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

  • Day 4 – Creating Savings Accounts
  • Financial Literacy workshop:
    • Savings and Loans
  • Supporting Caja members
    • Collecting families’ savings
    • Setting the basis for the creation of of savings accounts
  • Why educate
    • Gain awareness about the Caja Rural
    • Instill sustainable savings and loan culture

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

Day 5 – Financial Planning

  • Financial Literacy Workshop:
    • Basic accounting and budgeting
  • Feasibility analysis
    • Initial evaluation of families’ savings&loan profiles
  • Why educate
    • Gain awareness about the Caja Rural
    • Instill sustainable savings and loan culture

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

Day 6 – Loan Opportunity Identification

  • Update family profiles with loan opportunities
  • Open up savings account
    • In collaboration with the community bank
    • Matching savings
  • Outlook to the future
    • Introduction to Business Brigades

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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ONE WEEK BRIGADE

  • Day 7– Departure
  • Start planning for next brigade
    • Set goals
    • Leadership position
  • Share experience with donors, friends, family
  • Get connected through GB networks
    • Updates on your community and water system
  • Learn and share about microfinance issues across the world

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

introduction

community introduction

project implementation

workshops

departure

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MEET THE MICROFINANCE TEAM

  • Microfinance Brigades Team
  • Leads your brigade
  • Assists volunteers with $100 community investment funds
  • Performs community follow-up
  • Train executive board members to maintain bank balances
  • Build community relations
    • Works with community in preparation for brigade arrival
  • Advises chapters with brigade preparation

¡Bienvenidos a Honduras!

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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MEET YOUR COMMUNITY

  • [ Insert individual slide for specific community. Individual community slides are listed below the main Information Session Presentations on the Student Resource Site. Contact Program Advisor for community (megan.dunlop@globalbrigades.org). ]

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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TOTAL CONTRIBUTION

  • How is your Microfinance Brigades Funded?
  • Volunteers’ Program Contribution: $750
    • Brigade expenses
    • Program sustainability
  • Airfare: Variable
  • Program Contribution Details
  • 7 day program
  • Accommodations and meals (vegetarian options available)
  • Clean drinking water
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Spanish translators and coordinators
  • Program sustainability and follow-up between brigades
  • Community Investment Fund - $100

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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RESOURCES FOR YOU

  • Fundraising Tool www.empowered.org
  • Send links of brigade project information to donors
  • Create personalized profile to share with your donors
  • Track donation progress on individual and group level
  • Student Resource Site globalbrigades.wikidot.com
  • Brigade planning materials
  • Collection of reports from past brigades
  • Community profiles
  • Frequently asked questions
  • In-Country Advising Team
  • Team of trained staff in Honduras
  • Share best practices for all aspects of brigade preparation
  • Answer questions about brigade and community

ABOUT

LOCATION

MICROFINANCE

BRIGADE

CONTRIBUTION

TAKE ACTION

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IN-COUNTRY CONTACT

  • Contact your advisor for information about Microfinance Brigades in Honduras
  • Global Brigades Program Advisors
  • @globalbrigades.org