Evaluation of Impact of the Touguri Pilot Project and Establishment of Baseline Data for Phase II
Assessment of VSL pilot program impact in Tougouri department, Namentenga Province, took place in early February 2009 and involved focus group discussions and a household impact survey. Six focus group discussions were engaged in – three among the first group of VSLs formed by Plan (2006-07) and three in the second wave of VSL formation (2007-08). The household impact survey was administered to 60 women among the first group of VSLs formed (VSL 1), 60 from the second group of VSLs (VSL 2), and 60 comparable women from an area not yet involved in the VSL program.
The household survey contained 51 questions ranging over a number of socio-economic issues and indicators considered important in tracking the benefits of VSL membership for poor rural women of northern Burkina Faso.
The survey and focus groups found a number of positive impacts on women from the VSL pilot program that were found to a significantly lesser degree in the control group. There were also a number of impacts that were more pronounced in the first group of VSLs formed than in the second group, tending to confirm an increase in impact over time.
The most obvious impact in productive assets is in livestock and poultry ownership. Goat, sheep, and poultry ownership all increased significantly among VSL women compared to the non-VSL control group, and these increases appear related to length of VSL membership.