VSLA Program Changing Lives

VSLA Program Changing Lives

Sokhna Diop, 32, of Thienaba, has taken part in all of CREATE!’s programs in her village, but says the VSLA program is her favorite. “The VSLA is playing the big role in the community because we all have the opportunity to have credit,” she says. “Many women are...
The Power of Savings

The Power of Savings

Each week, CREATE! cooperative members gather to manage their money in Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs). VSLA members save small amounts of money each week and then make loans to each other to cover business, personal, and household costs....
Tabaski Mubarak

Tabaski Mubarak

Tabaski Mubarak! This past Sunday, September 11th, marked the beginning of Eid al-Adha, an important religious celebration called Tabaski in Senegalese Wolof. On Tabaski, following dawn prayers at their local mosque, Senegalese families slaughter a ram in ritual...

Saving for the Future

In CREATE!’s partner community of Thieneba, one of the Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs) met last week to conclude their second nine-month savings and lending cycle. By the end of the cycle, the thirty women participating in the group were able to...