Proof of Impact
The IMAGE Project was rigorously evaluated from 2001 to 2005 as a cluster randomised trial and the study and results were published in the renowned, peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet amongst others. In the study, villages receiving the full intervention package (microfinance + IMAGE) were compared with a similar number of comparison villages (no intervention). After two years, relative to matched controls, IMAGE participants showed improvements in the following:
The evaluation also found that IMAGE loan centres can become a hub for community mobilisation. Participants successfully engaged with the broader community around a range of activities:
- Public marches to raise awareness around issues of rape, intimate partner violence, and HIV/AIDS
- Better access to antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) and supply of female condoms
- Meetings with local leaders
- Organising village workshops
- Creating village committees to target crime and rape.
Participants also worked with formal institutions such as police stations and hospitals to demand better services to serve and protect the rights of women and girls within the community.
The project has received the Gold Medal for excellence in Corporate Social Investment by the American Chamber of Commerce in
IMAGE Project received Prestigious International Woman Day Award. – Washington D.C. 04 March 2009
Gold for Corporate Social Investment Excellence with IMAGE