Thanks to accompanying measures to the FIAVOTA programme, the emancipation of families is ensured

In Amboasary Atsimo

Solofonirina Claudia Rakotoarison
Volasoa et ses enfants
UNICEF Madagascar/2020
21 December 2020

With five dependent children, the household of Volasoa Nirina and Mbola Lovasoa is a beneficiary of the FIAVOTA cash transfer programme, meaning "rescue in local dialect [1]". Thanks to this cash transfer generously funded by Norway through UNICEF Madagascar, the two children of the household aged 8 and 11 are in CP1 and CE.

In addition to the education of the children, wellness sessions conducted by the "mères leaders" as an accompanying measure to the FIAVOTA programme have been the main sources of family development. "Our family has a fairly modest living condition. My husband and I work in the sisal fields for a monthly salary of 30,000 Ariary (6.27 EUR) each – a small amount that can scarcely support our large family. However, I am very proud to share that with our achievements in the well-being spaces of the FIAVOTA programme, we have greatly enriched ourselves, whether in personal terms or in terms of financial autonomy", says Volasoa Nirina, a housewife.

As part of the wellness sessions, the sensitization of the "mères leaders" on productive inclusion enabled Volasoa Nirina to acquire new subsistence farming techniques. With the traditional production methods that she used, the crops did not withstand the region's arid climate sufficiently. After the wellness sessions, the beneficiaries are led to create a community vegetable garden where they put into practice new agricultural production techniques and cultivate the seeds of their choice. "Despite the drought, we had a pretty good crop of salad, pumpkin, carrots and ‘brède’ this year. Of course, there have been a few unsuccessful harvests but our result is significantly better than when using traditional production techniques," Volasoa Nirina proudly tells us.

Apart from the lessons on productive inclusion, the beneficiaries of the FIAVOTA programme also receive sensitization on financial management. For Volasoa Nirina, she has started to make productive investments with part of the cash allowances from FIAVOTA that she receives every two months. Thanks to this teaching on financial management, Volasoa Nirina realized, "the financial gains of our household must always be greater than our expenses. I have applied this principle well in our daily life. For a year now, we have opened a small shop to sell coffee and breads in our village. This complementary activity helps us enormously to make ends meet, but above all, my children can now eat properly," she explains with a big smile.