Integrated Nutrition Project for the Kolda and Kedougou Regions (PINKK)

Start date: September 2015

End date: February 2020

Funding partner: Global Affairs Canada

Implementing partners:

  • Nutrition International
  • World Vision Senegal
  • Cellule de Lutte contre la Malnutrition (CLM)

Project description

The PINKK project proposes a multi-sector approach to address the problems of malnutrition and food insecurity. Nutrition International (NI) is responsible for managing the project's technical framework and vision. They work with World Vision to implement the project directly in communities (through training, awareness campaigns, product distribution and more), with DID to offer financial and non-financial services and with the Government of Senegal's Cellule de Lutte contre la Malnutrition (CLM) for advocacy and working with institutional government.

The ultimate goal is to improve nutritional security, especially for women and young children, in the regions of Kolda and Kedougou which have some of Senegal's highest chronic malnutrition rates.

Results as of March 31, 2019

  • 304 groups, representing 6,500 women, received financial education training.
  • 128 groups opened accounts at financial institutions and generated 6.7 million CFA francs in deposits.
  • 119 groups and 20 micro businesses obtained access to credit totalling 41 million CFA francs.

Youth Employment Skills Training Program (STEP)

Start date: February 2017

End date: March 2020

Funding partner: World Vision Canada

Implementing partner: Enablis

Project description

The goal of the STEP project is to improve the employability of young people aged 15 to 24 in Senegal's Kolda region by helping them acquire new skills. Our role is to integrate financial education modules into the youth curriculum and connect young people with microfinance institutions (MFIs) so they can get financing for their business endeavours.

We also help partner MFIs develop savings and credit products specifically for young entrepreneurs. We train MFI credit agents on how to assess loan applications submitted by young people. The project aims to directly reach 1,300 young people with equal gender representation.

Results as of March 30, 2019

  • 14 community savings groups were set up to represent 344 young people, 225 of them women.
  • 300 young entrepreneurs developed a business plan and were put in contact with an MFI.
  • 2 MFIs were trained on a credit product for young entrepreneurs.
  • 46 young people, including 24 women, obtained credit.
  • 50 teachers and facilitators were trained on financial education.
  • 1,000 young people received financial education training.