Not-for-profitYear launched: 1991
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Mental health
- Primary care
SummaryFXBVillage methodology brings the extreme poor to self-sufficiency in three years by simultaneously tackling the five drivers of poverty: lack of nutrition, health, education, housing, and income.
The FXBVillage Model fights extreme poverty and allows 80 extremely poor families (about 600 direct beneficiaries as well as 1,200 members of the community) to reach socio-economic autonomy within three years. Children and families in the program receive services and referrals to assure health, food security, education, shelter and sanitation, HIV prevention, child protection, and livelihood opportunities. This approach enables families to reach economic and social autonomy, which they can sustain over the long term, while ensuring the well-being of both adults and children.
Key program components
The FXBVillage approach was designed to simultaneously address five drivers of extreme poverty:
In the first year of the project, FXB provides capital grants and training to help families to start an income-generating activity (IGA) such as a shop, restaurant, or livestock project. Households also pursue group activities as informal co-operatives. FXB’s direct support declines as participants increase their contributions to household expenses with their growing income.
FXB ensures that all participants live in safe and decent houses: safe water, basic sanitation services, and construction of latrines, ventilated kitchens, external showers, hand-washing stations and animal sheds.
FXB ensures that all participants have the ability to feed themselves, sufficiently and properly.
FXB ensures that all participants have access to basic and adequate medical care, psychosocial counselling and improved hygiene.
FXB ensures that all school-age children are reintegrated to school and that teenagers have access to vocational trainings.
FXB also globally trains its participants and the community on a number of subjects like: family planning, children and women rights, disease prevention (HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, worm infections, skin diseases, respiratory diseases, hygiene, reproductive health , protection of environment, financial training, etc.
During the first year, FXB provides food support and pay for medical and educational costs. Besides the decrease of the financial burden for families, this allows FXB to work closely with participants on recovering their physical and psychosocial health status. Fewer financial worries help participants to recover more rapidly - physically and mentally and allow them to devote themselves to the development of their economic activities.
During the second year, participants are asked to create a small business plan and will receive in-kind grants to start IGAs. Such microenterprises require that participants are healthy both physically and psychosocially. Then, they will start to generate income. Even if it is small, they will be able to pay for 25% of medical and educational costs as well as for the food.
The third year is a turning point. By this time, participants have generated enough income to be able to cope with their needs and with the needs of their children as well as to take advantage of all the trainings. FXB's contribution decreases again and the focus is put on the improvement and diversification of the IGAs.
The program is designed for participants to reach autonomy within three years. FXB’s financial input is scaled down each year as participants increasingly contribute to their families’ school and medical costs, taking an active role in building lives of greater stability and se
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