VisionFund Impact Evaluation - Finance Accelerating Savings Group Transformation (FAST)

VisionFund commissioned 60_Decibels to conduct two impact evaluations in Malawi to determine if VisionFund´s FAST program – lending to savings groups, accomplished its main program objectives:

  • Reach the financially excluded, rural poor
  • Primarily target women
  • Ensure the loan is invested in income generating activities
  • Show increases in household income
  • Improve the quality of life for the family, especially the children

The surveys were conducted in June 2021 (357 respondents, 80 percent women) and January 2022 (242 respondents, 65 percent women). This report is a summary of the research findings.

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By Martina Crailsheim