The videos that follow are widely distributed and used by many different organisations. They have been produced by the Aga Khan Foundation, by VSL Associates and by World Vision. They have been selected because they are a useful input for training of trainers and, in the case of the VSL Associates and World Vision videos are usefully shared with participants. They all illustrate programmes that use passbooks for record-keeping, which is central to the VSLA methodology, but we intend to add videos later in the year developed by FSDZ in Zambia, where ledgers are used instead of passbooks.
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The Aga Khan Foundation was the first organisation of which we are aware that produced training videos on how to create VSLA savings groups. These videos were shot in Tanzania and Tajikistan, using exactly the same model, illustrating the model's adaptability to very different situations.
These 8 videos are intended to be used to train project staff and they cover the evolution of two groups as they progress through the main training modules in earlier manuals. There have been many updates and adaptations of the methodology and practice has evolved, but these early videos have proven effective training materials, when supported by a trainer in a ToT workshop
The attached videos were shot in Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania in 2018. They are short but useful in a training context to illustrate in a 'real world' setting how procedures in mobilising savings and managing loan repayments are carried out. These groups are all very confident and strict in how meetings are conducted and can quickly be shown to trainees when simulations are conducted. Simulations are sometimes quite cumbersome and slow, so showing these videos will convince participants that, after some practice, things move quickly and, despite significant differences in context, are carried out identically.
The World Vision videos are among my favourites. They were made in the Philippines at very low cost and are clear, well-organised and cheerful. They are also faithful to the standard World Vision VSLA methodology, practiced worldwide.
Unlike the Aga Khan videos, they do not cover the separate training modules, but break up a normal savings and credit meeting into 10 brilliantly clear steps, in a way that explains in straightforward terms how a meeting should be conducted and administered, making clear the roles and responsibilities of office bearers and the members themselves.
These videos are equally useful for trainers and VSLA members themselves. They make what looks complicated in print easy to understand. At this time they are only available in English.
2 Opening the meeting
3 Daily savings (optional)
4 Social fund
5 Share purchasing
6 Loan repayment
7 Calculating the value of the loan fund
8 Loan taking
9 Totaling balances
10 Closing the meeting