I Can Provide for My Family
When first meeting the all-female loan collective of Djackou Mbougane, the fierce independence of each member is quickly apparent. “We love not having to ask for help,” laughs group secretary Yandé, as the collective busies themselves with their profitable market garden.
VisionFund Senegal is an owner-operated mission-driven microfinance network working with caregivers in hard to reach, impoverished locations so they can create secure futures for their children. We are dedicated to working with the most vulnerable families and communities regardless of religion, race, ethnicity gender, to create lasting change in their lives.
VisionFund serves low income clients living in vulnerable and rural communities by offering financial and livelihood solutions, delivered through our Network, World Vision and partners; empowering families to create income and jobs; and unlocking economic potential for communities to thrive. The products and services offered fall into five broad categories: microloans, savings programmes, microinsurance, training and education. Benefits include sustainable livelihoods, increased economic well-being, improved community well-being, decreased dependence on outside aid and restoration of hope and dignity.
Together with World Vision, we are focused on ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Client Impact Stories
Leadership and Ambition
The sun, at 111 degrees, beats down, scorching everything it encounters. A group of seven women sit proudly together, huddled under a tree casting a small shadow, eager to share how their life has been changed since working with World Vision and VisionFund. In the remote village of Tamangando, eight hours east of Dakar the capital of Senegal, Kany Sidibe, age 43, welcomes us into her home where she lives with her husband and seven children. Kany is the president of the women’s saving group that is in attendance and also a prominent leader in her community, educating other women on the opportunities that exist to help them create a better future for their family and children.
A mother at 15. A business owner at 26.
Mariam had her first child when she was 15. Growing up, she had five siblings; three brothers and two sisters, all whom married at a young age. In their village near Fatik in Senegal, it was just the way of life. It also helped to reduce the burden of running a big household.
Planting the Seeds of Success
Daba’s husband Samba used to farm peanuts, millet and beans and also did some fishing on the side. They relied entirely on these two sources of income. Samba would sell most of the peanuts and give Daba what was left for making the sauce for the daily meal.