On the 12-13th of October, YPM visited Korogwe for follow up and training of leaders in VICOBA and PETS. Aim of the visit was to train leading figures of VICOBA to improve the groups performances, and to do follow up on PETS to see what participants from our last workshop has achieved until now.
15 leaders from five different VICOBA groups attended our leadership training on 12th of
October. The meeting gave participants possibility to share and reflect on their success and challenges so far, and get professional input from the YPM. Many groups reported problems with poor attendance and drop out from the group because of bad harvest (= people don’t have money to save in the group) and students traveling away to attend school. To little knowledge about VICOBA and each members obligation to buy shares every week was also mentioned as problems, particularly among new members. Follow up on groups, and adequate support and training of group leaders running our activities, will be necessar
to overcome these challenges.
More about the content in our VICOBA leadership trainings can be read here, from our previous training’s in Mshangai and Kwadeghe
On Thursday 13th of October, participants from five different villages around Korogwe met for follow up training on PETS. Aim of the workshop was evaluations and assessment of work done in the villages since last YPM workshop.
All participants had stories of achievements to share, although PETS is quite challenging work, and it will take time before the big results and changes starts to occur. However, there is some success story where by one village that used to have no three months village general meeting now is convened without missing. In addition, PETS ambassadors from one village had however managed to draw focus on illegal timbering in government forestry around their area. PETS ambassadors from another village managed to put focus on a possible corruption case related to construction of a school. The case is now under investigation, and involves prominent persons.
The cases above are only some examples of the importance of PETS. YPM hope the movement will foster and grow strong, so we can see even more achievements in the future.