Namibia is classified as a middle-income country, but its per capita income is one of the most unequal in the world, with 55% of global income for 10% of the total population. Namibia has a population of more than 2.6 million people; 43% of them are under 15 years old. Namibia’s political stability and good economic management have helped it reduce poverty.
However, this has not yet been accompanied by job creation, and the socio-economic inequalities inherited from the years of the apartheid persist, despite generous public spending on social programs. 30% of the labour force is unemployed. Women and young people are most affected, with unemployment rates of 33% and 53% respectively (for 20-24 year olds).
Namibia’s poorest people face a variety of complex challenges. It would be a mistake to address only the issue of income! Partial aid, which only addresses one cause of poverty, is not a sufficient solution to overcome it.
Thus, our Economic and Community Development model FXBVillage allows us to provide, in three years, a comprehensive response to the root causes of poverty by simultaneously acting on its predominant factors.
Develop the families’ socio-economic capacities
- Establishment of Saving, Credit and Support Groups to provide services to beneficiary families who do not have access to formal financial services. The Saving, Credit and Support Groups help create social bonds, provide space to share challenges and solutions and foster participants’ entrepreneurial spirit.
- Comprehensive training in financial management and entrepreneurship.
- Donation of an in-kind seed capital to each family in order to launch an economic activity that is profitable. Examples of small businesses include breeding, sewing, poultry farming or agriculture.
- Supporting families to develop, diversify and ensure the sustainability of their economic activities.
Ensure their food security and eradicate child malnutrition
- Emergency nutritional support is given to families during the first nine months of the program to help them regain a satisfactory state of health.
- Creation of individual vegetable gardens for the production of fruit and vegetables for self-consumption.
- Care of malnourished children under 5 years old.
Promote access to health care and disease prevention
- Registration of families in a center in order to receive adequate health care.
- Trainings in health management and healthy diet, sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, including facilitating tests.
- Psychosocial support to help families deal with the consequences of poverty and the various forms of violence encountered.
Improve their living conditions
Equipping houses with improved cooking stoves, latrines, showers and hand-washing stations.
- Training in water treatment, recycling, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Provide schooling for children, vocational training for adolescents and young adults, and community capacity building.
- Collaboration with schools and teachers to enable children and young adults to go to school.
- Vocational training for teenagers and young adults.
- For a lasting impact and to bring about behavioral change, FXB organizes numerous sessions for communities. Family planning, the importance of education, hygiene, health, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, violence against women, children’s rights or environmental protection are all topics that are addressed in order to enrich life skills and build resilience.
FXB provides ongoing coaching and mentoring throughout the three years of the program to ensure that participants develop the confidence and ability to take action and acquire the economic and social skills necessary to successfully emerge from extreme poverty.