Communities mobilize resources
Resources can be money but also human resources, skills, natural resources, the love and care that people show for each other, etc.
Facilitation teams help communities to realize that they have many existing resources. Facilitators also link communities to existing resources or services.
A few examples...
Women cultivate maize and manioc to buy bednets
Aziawo Kokou, district coach of Zio South (Maritime region), can’t stop singing the praises of the mothers club in Bolougan (Togo), “Before we started working together, women in this village thought that malaria was a matter of witchcraft. But once they understood what it really is, they decided to act. At the beginning, they didn’t have the money to buy bednets, so they started to cultivate maize and manioc in a community field, and eventually they bought bednets with the income from the sale of these products.”
Village Development Committee set up a savings fund
Some people in the village of Sohm (The Gambia) could not afford a bednet. But because the Village Development Committee is aware of the importance of sleeping under insecticide treated bednets, they took an initiative to help villagers to acquire them. The Committee first created a credit fund to help them. Then, its members contacted an NGO who provided bednets. “We have not had any severe case of malaria for two years,” concludes Mr Badjie.