The SAVIX Management Information System

The SAVIX Management Information System  Version 2.0, is the culmination of more than 15 years work on SG project performance tracking.


We started out in 2005 with an Excel-based MIS, which went through four generations, culminating in 2008 with Version 4.04. (support available on request to


Realising that Excel would be unable to cope with the increasing scale and complexity of the demand, in 2012 we released the first web-server based version.  This allowed data entry in multiple locations, real-time reporting and project aggregation and comparison. Version 2.0, released in April 2018, was a complete rebuild that was more stable, faster and comprehensive, with an improved GUI.
In this section we provide:

  • MIS and Project Administrator's User Guide 2.01 in English and French
  • Data collection forms in 5 languages
  • Explanatory notes to the data collection forms in English and French

Right now the SAVIX MIS is used in 3.832 projects in 75 countries, through more than 1,700 implementing agencies. It covers a total of 13.8 million members in just over 547 thousand groups.

SAVIX MIS manuals

The SAVIX MIS: User's Guide to setup and operation
Language: English
Publication date: January 2022
The SAVIX MIS MIS 2.1.1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.9 MB
Guide d’utilisateur pour les administrateurs de SIG et les administrateurs de projet
Langue : Français
Date de publication : avril 2019
SAVIX MIS 2.1 User's Manual - French.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 7.1 MB

Data collection forms for the SAVIX MIS

Data collection forms for the SAVIX MIS in Excel, in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish. PLEASE ensure that you read, study and absorb the explanatory notes in the next section.                  

Data Collection Form
Language: English
Publication Date: March 2018
Blank data collection form - English.xls
Microsoft Excel Table 54.5 KB
Data Collection Form
Language: French
Publication Date: March 2018
Blank data collection form - French.xls
Microsoft Excel Table 75.5 KB
Data Collection Form
Language: Kiswahili
Publication Date: March 2018
Blank data collection form - Kiswahili.x
Microsoft Excel Table 75.0 KB
Data Collection Form
Language: Portuguese
Publication Date: March 2018
Blank data collection form - Portuguese.
Microsoft Excel Table 80.5 KB
Data Collection Form
Language: Spanish
Publication Date: March 2018
Blank data collection form - Spanish.xls
Microsoft Excel Table 81.0 KB

Data definitions for the SAVIX MIS

These are explanatory notes, which define the data entered on the data collection forms. 


It is important that users of the SAVIX MIS study these notes thoroughly. Having recently conducted a data quality review on the SAVIX MIS, we realise that there are significant misunderstandings in many cases of the meaning of the data, particularly among organisations that have not received a formal training from an accredited trainer. If further clarification of any of the terms in these guidelines (English and French) are needed, please contact or hugh_allen on Skype.


Data Definitions - English
Publication Date: March 2018
Data definitions - English.doc
Microsoft Word Document 87.5 KB
Data Definitions - French
Publication Date: March 2018
Data definitions - French.doc
Microsoft Word Document 106.5 KB

SAVIX MIS mobile data entry application 2.2.4


The SAVIX MIS mobile data entry application allows the user to enter data on a mobile device, logging on with individualised credentials for Field Officers, Village Agents and Supervisors. The advantages are:

  • GPS data can be automatically collected.
  • Data can be entered offline and later synchronised when a connection becomes available. This means that data collection does not require the user to be at an office, with an online connection, which is often a problem when programmes are operating in remote rural areas. In some cases, where connectivity is an issue, the app is used as a main data entry system in an office, with data being entered from paper data collection forms and later being synchronised, often at another location where the internet is reliable.

The user needs to be aware that the SAVIX MIS must first be set up on a computer and all trainer names entered before the app can be used. Thereafter, the app allows for data entry only, apart from a group performance report, which can be generated in the field to assess the VSLA's profitability.


The application can be downloaded from Google Play Store or as an iOS application for Apple devices. The title is:


SAVIX Data App


See below for the PowerPoint that guides the user through the app download, setup, data entry, synchronisation of individual Field Officers' portfolios and the generation of a Group Performance Report.








The SAVIX MIS Mobile Data Application
This Poiwer Point shows how to set up the Android mobile data application, allowing for offline data entry into the SAVIX MIS.
The SAVIX MIS mobile data application 2.
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 5.3 MB

Table of SAVIX MIS user fees

The SAVIX MIS was launched in 2012, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation, as a partnership between VSL Associates and Software Group ( It was made available at no cost and was designed to handle up to 1,000 projects but, after a year, more than 2,000 projects were using the system and it became necessary to rebuild it on a new platform to cope with traffic.  It currently covers more than 3,500 projects in 75 countries.  The rebuild was done without donor support and went live in April 2018.  In order to unsure sustainability, it became necessary, in April 2018, to charge for its use.  User fees now cover all of our running and maintenance costs, with some left over to continue development, particularly in terms of user dashboards and administrative systems.  


At this time, the system is free until data is entered on 50 groups.  When there are more than 50 groups, fees are charged according to the number of groups that the organisation using the system wants to track.  This is on a declining cost-per-group basis, as the number of groups increases.


It is important to understand that anyone can pay to licence a project.  This can be done by the organisation directly implementing the project in the field; by a facilitating agency; a donor or a research institution.  It is also important to understand that many projects can be covered by a single entity, even in different countries and in different organisations.  Once the costs have been paid by whoever is funding access to the system, the implementing organisation will have access to data entry screens and reports.


There are two levels of access.


1  Active.  This gives the user full access to a project on the system and the data entry screens and access is based on the costs listed in the table below

2  Dormant.  This gives the user full access to the data in any project and to the reports, but does not allow for the entry of new data.  The flat fee for this is $0.25 per group per year.  It is a low-cost way of allowing your project data to be accessible and to be analysed


If a user comes to the end of a project and decides not to continue paying fees to retain acces to Active and Dormant projects, access will be entirely removed after a project has not paid for a period of 6 months


Users should contact and give the names of the projects that they want to pay for and should make an estimate of the total number of groups that they expect to have on the system in the following 12 months.  Software Group will then contact them with an invoice.  Once payment is made, the designated projects can be accessed by any user.  If a user decides not to renew payment, their data remains available on the system, but it will not be possible to enter new data at the expiry of the licence period.  There is no charge at this time for maintaining historical data on the system


The following table lists the fees, charged in 'bands' of groups.  This pricing is active from January 2021 and is payable in advance for a year.  Administrative fees are now included in the price.