The Economic Incentives (EI) subcomponent of ECMP is a pilot project operating in West and East Gojam, in four woredas and 17 kebeles. It provides school materials to girls that are already enrolled in school as well as those that are out of school in order to help them to re-enroll. Additionally, through a revolving fund, EI supports the girls’ caregivers by providing them with training for income generating activities and subsequently supports their enrolment as loan recipients and members of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs). The pilot project currently provides funds to 17 SACCOs (one in each kebele) so that they can lend to their respective 4,294 members EI works closely with the MoWCA at all administrative levels, as well as other woreda-level offices and schools in all of its operating kebeles. Once the pilot has ended the aim is for the SACCOs and other key actors to roll out EI across other Amhara zones and regions.
Overall, in the four selected woredas of East and West Gojam, 5129 girls (both in school and out of school) are benefiting from the support together with their caregivers.
The case studies shown below demonstrate some of the benefits of EI for both the girls and their caregivers. They include stories of girls returning to school after having received books, pens and other school materials, as well as the benefits to household income as a result of training on income generating activities and access to credit and savings facilities.
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