Effect Of Project Model Change On Project Performance In Rwanda: A Case of World Vision’s Village Savings Loan Associations Project Model in Nyamata Area Development Programme

Abstract

This research will focus on the impact of project model change on project performance: a case of Village savings loans and associations in Nyamata Area development programme of World Vision Rwanda. This model of project called VSLAs has been initiated by Care International and World Vision Rwanda (WVR) is applying the model with the purpose of creating self-reliance and auto financing capacities among poor families from Nyamata Area Development programme. VSLAs project members have been able to mobilize their own savings and run income generating activities to satisfy their basic needs without relying on external support and then enjoy the empowerment and sustainability of VSLAs project interventions.The overall purpose is to find out if VSLAs project model is contributing to high project performance in the community of Nyamata Area Development Programme. The objectives of the study are to assess the economic status of the beneficiaries involved in VSLA , to examine family dynamics/social impact for or members of the VSLA, to examine how VSLA has impacted the environment and to analyse how VSLA has alleviated dependency in Nyamata ADP. The target population is 1250 members of the 50 VSLAs groups in Nyamata Area Development Programme. The proposed research design is correlation research whichgives an estimate as to the degree of association between the variables. A simple random sampling technique will be used to select members of VSLAs to be interviewed on how they have been positively affected by being VSLAs members. A sample size will be 120 members of VSLA groups determined using AllainBuchardformular. Both primary and secondary data will be used in this research study. The primary data will be collected directly from the respondents by use of questionnaires, interviews and observation. Secondary data on the other hand will be collected by reviewing Nyamata programme reports, and project design documents about VSLAs formation and how it improves project performance in the targeted area.Concerning the research instruments, the researcher will use closed-ended and open-ended questionnaires directed to members of VLSAs.Descriptive analysis will be used to summarize the characteristics of the respondents, the descriptive statistics will involved the use of mean, frequency, percentages and standard deviation on how VSLAs members have been impacted in creating IGAs, green environment, paying school fees , making decision in the family, acquiring new assets and paying health insurance. The results from this research will be presented in form of tables and bar graphs. The researcher hopes that this study will help World Vision Organization to replicate this project model to all other remaining 28 Area Development programme in Rwanda

Keywords: Economic Empowerment, Handouts, Loans, Project Model, Project Performance, Savings, Service delivery, Village Savings and Loans Associations


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