Generosity for Numeracy Campaign: Empowering Rural Women

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY – GENEROSITY THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

MY ORAL VILLAGE
GENEROSITY FOR NUMERACY CAMPAIGN TO EMPOWER WOMEN
LAUNCH ON GIVING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Our GOAL is to raise $40,000
The first $5,000 raised will be matched, up to $5,000

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408 – OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE CANNOT READ THIS NUMBER

Over a billion poor people living mainly in rural villages cannot read or write a number that has more than 2 digits.  Most are women, the poorest and most marginalized.

 

NUMERACY SKILLS NEEDED

The digital revolution is sweeping the developing world, introducing mobile money and digital payments which are leaving the innumerate poor in the dark.

 

LIVING IN AN ORAL WORLD

An ‘oral’ village is one where most people cannot read or write.  Orality has grave and direct financial consequences.  For example, it is much harder – and riskier – to plan a business or save effectively.  Despite incredible constraint, oral villagers save aggressively.  But they cannot decipher account statements or transaction receipts, which they must do to access financial services to invest in their livelihoods. 

 

MY ORAL VILLAGE/CGAP WORLD BANK

My Oral Village has done numeracy studies in nine countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Most recently CGAP/World Bank has adopted our methodology in two national surveys in Côte d’Ivoire and Myanmar.  Findings – nearly half of the populations in both countries could not read numbers between $10 and $100 in their own currencies.

 

A FAMILY’S PLIGHT IN EAST AFRICA – THE CASHLESS VILLAGE

Introducing Kioni, a young single mother from a herding family in rural East Africa.  When her grandfather was growing up families here needed little to no money.  They lived off the land, their animals and trade.   But today the available lands can no longer support these families.   Kioni, now needs money to buy supplies from the market to meet her family’s needs.  There are millions like Kioni.

 

LOOKING FOR SURVIVAL

Kioni is fighting for her family’s survival and has joined a micro-enterprise development program promoted by an NGO.  The program aims to build savings and micro-enterprise skills to empower women to grow their families’ incomes.  Kioni is starting a micro-enterprise with two friends.  They get a capital grant, membership in a savings group, access to bank accounts and a mobile phone with money transfer services.

 

THE PROBLEM – MISSING NUMERACY SKILLS 

As girls, their schooling was poor.  The result – today they innumerate and cannot read numbers, so they are unable to use these modern financial services to support their micro enterprise activities.  They struggle with transactions and keeping records and consequently are forced to limit their income generating activities.  They are forced to keep activities small and limited. They fear theft and fraud.  How can they generate enough to lift themselves out of the poverty cycle? Will they survive?

 

THE MY ORAL VILLAGE SOLUTION AND YOU – understand • learn • use

My Oral Village has developed a 5-Step Numeracy Tool Kit for adults to close the numeracy gap.  It introduces a revolutionary approach which enables poor rural women to UNDERSTAND • LEARN • USE both digital financial interfaces on mobile phones, and paper-based  statements such as savings passbooks or cash receipts., The kits are culture and currency specific and are developed with local input.

 

OUR IMPACT 

Extensive research and user testing of our designs and solutions  have found that oral populations understand our solutions better than normal transactions records and learn to use them and interact with them much more quickly and competently.

We are learning more about how rural people adapt to the modern economy.  And we are developing tools and solutions that help individuals to much more rapidly adapt as money, mobile phones, and financial service enter their communities so that they gain the power to control their lives better. Provide for their children. Start business that succeed.  Take advantage of new opportunities so that they have a future.  Get out of poverty.

 

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS YOU GIVING

Your contributions will go directly to building durable numeracy skills among women for everyday livelihoods, micro-enterprise and savings activities.  You will empower women as you support their skill building for the modern economy.  You will be supporting their climb out of poverty and their efforts to:  Start businesses that succeed:  Provide for their children:   Get out of poverty.

Sustainable Generosity that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.  Please join us. Consider how the cost of a cup of coffee a day for a year can change lives in a rural village.