Toolkit and Planning Guide
FXB has over 25 years of experience breaking the cycle of poverty in more than 150 villages across the world. Now we’re sharing our field-tested model with the public for the first time. Developed with input from experts at Harvard University, this toolkit provides step-by-step guidance on the FXBVillage methodology, from its history and guiding principles to specific details of FXBVillage operations.
WE KNOW HOW TO END GLOBAL POVERTY
There’s Now a Proven Approach. So Let’s Get to Work.
The journal Science just published a study proving what works to raise people permanently out of extreme poverty.
What worked for 21,000 people in 6 countries is a comprehensive approach, addressing all the causes of poverty simultaneously.
Participants were given an asset to use for income (like livestock or goods to sell), skills training, food and cash grants, frequent coaching, a savings account and health care.
And was cost-effective, paying for itself many times over.
This comprehensive approach was first developed in 1991 by FXB, an international development organization. At an average yearly cost of just $125 to $230 per person, FXB’s 3-year program has so far lifted 81,000 people out of extreme poverty in eight countries. The FXBVillage Program simultaneously addresses the five drivers of poverty: food, education, income, health and housing. It finances an income-generating activity for individuals that pays their basic needs long-term.
Independent evaluations have shown that 86% of FXBVillage participants are still thriving four years after the program’s end, and the approach has been recognized by UNICEF and UNAIDS as a “best practice.”
We congratulate the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), which conducted the study. The results validate that micro-credit can’t work for the ultra-poor, who lack the means to repay loans—a renegade view when FXB started 25 years ago.
FXB was founded by Albina du Boisrouvray. “There are hundreds of millions of people who could ultimately benefit from the FXBVillage program and the followers it generates,” says Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen. The FXB model “is a grassroots solution that transforms despair into hope,” says Special UN envoy for HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis.
So let’s get on with it and reach the Sustainable Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty—defined as living on less than US $1.25 a day—by 2030.