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PEER Exchanges


The pre-conference SG2020 peer exchanges will take place on March 9, 2020 and feature a series of field visits open to a variety of attendees – from newcomers to the Savings Groups sector to experts and practitioners of all levels of experience.

Similar to the SG2020 technical tracks, each field visit focuses on one of three unique themes, highlighting the inclusion of people with disabilities, access to digital savings platforms, and providing a general overview. While targeted Peer Exchanges are perfect for experienced practitioners, the introductory visit is designed to provide Conference attendees interested in learning more about Savings Groups the opportunity to engage with local organizations and SG members in the field.

SG2020 peer exchanges are available for an additional fee of 85 USD. As there are a limited number of spots for each peer exchange, we strongly recommend you register early.

Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) 101: An Overview

Hosted by SaveAct

In an introduction to the VSLA methodology, participants will visit a Village Savings and Loan Association in a typical rural community, located an hour and 30 minutes outside Durban. An exemplary illustration of the VSLA model, this group operates with transparency and cooperation in administering record keeping. If you are new to the field or simply want to expand your knowledge, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about the VSLA method first-hand. The peer exchange will conclude with a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site located nearby.

What can the WeSave app do for Savings Groups?

Hosted by SaveAct

The SaveAct WeSave app is a cloud-based system that aids Savings Groups in streamlining recording, securing records, and calculating share outs. It also ensures a backup of all transactions is available in the event that the physical records are lost, and may be viewed as a step towards linkage with formal finance and other digital services. In this peer exchange, participants will see how a Savings Group uses the WeSave app to facilitate their monthly savings.

The group is located about an hour and 30 minutes outside Durban in a typical rural community. The visit will conclude with a visit to the famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site not far from where the Savings Group conducts its activities. 

How Can Savings Groups be More Inclusive?  

Hosted by CREATE

It is estimated that 20% of people living in poverty in a developing country have a disability, and that some 6% of members of Savings Groups are either disabled or live with household members with a disability.  

Peer exchange participants will visit a Savings Group that has been trained and mentored by CREATE with the goal to mainstream the inclusion of people with disabilities and ensure that the most marginalized are reached. This peer exchange is an opportunity to see first-hand how CREATE has helped strengthen community-based support structures that promote inclusivity and access to resources. The site is located approximately one hour from Durban 



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