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Self-help groups as resilient, humanitarian actors

Key insights from the response of self-help groups to the Covid-19 pandemic in Rwanda

2021 Available in English

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Thanks to the revolving loan, Josephine is able to restart her businesses. Photo: Gatete Gilbert/Tearfund Rwanda

Tearfund Rwanda was awarded a grant in September 2020 to run a Covid-19 adaptation project that would restore the losses faced by self-help groups (SHGs) due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown and strengthen the resilience of the existing SHG model.

The project used three innovative approaches: offering a revolving loan; incentivising the provision of social protection to vulnerable community members; and supporting groups to develop disaster response funds to build resilience and preparedness to disasters.

This briefing paper shares key insights about SHG recovery and resilience.

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