During the 2022 coffee harvesting season, the members invested US$365 to buy cherry and sell it to Nyampinga Coffee Washing Station. The total return was US$557, so they made a profit of US$192. In June 2022, the peak time for paying health insurance, the VSLA agreed to support 14 members who hadn’t paid health insurance for their household members using US$205 from the profits made and the social fund. The money was returned within 3 months, with no interest, which strengthened group solidarity and social wellbeing.
“As a VSLA, we have made sure that none of our members will miss out health insurance for their household members. At least 70% of members will be able to invest in income-generating initiatives and the social fund will always be used to support members in difficult times,” said the VSLA president.