Case Study: Angola | Savings & Empowerment

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Diocese of Angola on an integrated approach to tackle the most urgent health issues in Angola, including clean water and sanitation and infant mortality. Together from 2016 to 2020, we launched a four-year water and sanitation program in Songo Municipality, Uige Province, supported in part by a $1.5 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This program is known as Maza yi Moyo (Water is Life) in the Kikongo language. The purpose of the project is to improve community-managed water and public sanitation facilities and to promote household-adoption of improved sanitation and hygiene practices with the goal of reducing the frequency and severity of water and sanitation-related diseases, particularly in young children.

In the last three years, the project team has succeeded in mobilizing and training local leaders in the establishment of Water and Sanitation Committees (WSC) in all 81 communities of the Songo Municipality and reaching over 48,026 people. The project team and the WSCs have worked together to help community members feel empowered to improve their community and household water, sanitation and hygiene situations through Community-Led Total Sanitation, as well as through local resource generation in Savings with Education (SwE) Groups. Integrated into project Maza yi Moyo is a Savings with Education activity that currently has 108 groups and close to 3000 members.

The organization is also working with the Angola Mothers’ Union to promote Savings with Education groups that increase women’s access to financial resources that support the health and nutrition needs of their households. In addition to supporting savings and loan activities, meetings feature discussions about good child-health practices and preventing domestic and gender-based violence. In 2018, Episcopal Relief and Development continued to support the savings groups formed in 2016 (29 groups) and 2017 (32 groups), while adding approximately 44 new groups. In 2018, Episcopal Relief & Development contributed to the Diocese operational budget, allowing the Anglican Diocese of Angola to strengthen a variety of their activities, such as staff skill training, internal audit reporting and the development of a Human Resources policy and Staff Handbook.  

Beginning in 2019, the new goal of Angola Mothers’ Union program is to encourage the continued transformation and empowerment of Angolan women to improve child health. Additionally, Angola Mothers’ Union is working to create an increase in economic independence in families and an overall improvement in the environment and public health of communities. Under this program, 43 new Savings with Education groups will be formed in 2019 while still providing support to savings groups that were formed in 2017 and 2016. 


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