At the end of 2017, experienced social researcher, Sherrelle Parke volunteered to travel to Tanzania (at her own expense) and undertake a 3 week impact assessment of Mondo’s Grants and Loans Programme.
Whilst she was in Tanzania, Sherrelle spent quality time conducting in-depth interviews with 47 recipients; visiting women in their homes, at local cafes and at their places of work in 10 locations across Moshi and Arusha, Northern Tanzania.
The comprehensive 20 page report summarised a number of very important findings, and included case studies, recommendations and perspectives from the women beneficaries. In summary, the report was extremely positive about the work and recommended the following:
- Mondo should continue with the successful grants and loans programme, as this is having substantial economic and social impact. Where there are plans to expand the programme to more women across larger geographical areas, more resources are required to sustain the supportive relationships vital to support recipients, and to deliver professional and efficient ground operations.
- Mondo should consider investing in larger ‘Second Tier’ Loans – for women who have been successful and are likely to make substantial profit if supported to scale their business, especially if they have opportunities to employ other people within their business.
- It would be good if the Local Mondo team could create ‘Mondo development events’ where the most successful business women, who have finished with the loans scheme, can continue to meet and share skills and advice in their areas of expertise. Mondo could also seek to invite external expertise, to inject innovative support into the group.
- Mondo should provide broader practical support for Area Coordinators – there may be more robust and efficient ways of doing the vital groundwork, e.g. modern technological applications for managing back office paperwork and communications, and having development budgets to allow more frequent team meetings and ad hoc training events for old and new recipients.
- Mondo should continue to professionalise data capture and data management processes, to enable more efficient analysis of scale and impact over time. Keeping handwritten paper records is risk to Mondo operations and the data protection of Mondo recipients. Providing secure access computers or laptops would make the roles of Area Coordinators much easier, and protect the organisation and its database in the long run if roles change.
- Mondo should continue to invest in education. The schools Mondo supports could be used to deliver business courses for older children, preparing them for apprenticeships and vocational training. Enhanced training offers to encourage business leadership amongst young adults could strengthen the Mondo model – and create trainers and instructors to support recipients.
You can read more about Mondo’s work in Tanzania here
Stephen Carrick-Davies, CEO of Mondo says:
” Sherrelle’s independent assessment of Mondo’s micro-finance small grants and loans programme was incredibly thorough and has been of enormous value to us as we review this programme. In terms of the recommendations she made on how we can expand this life-changing programme, we are already responding and have sent Sherrelle’s report to 4 of our current funders who have valued this independent review. The fact that this report captures the voice and stories of our users is crucial. The fact that on top of this work, Sherrelle also undertook film making and fundraising for Mondo so we could practically support the co-ordinators of the project shows her commitment and is testimony to the fact that she gets things done, and “walks the talk.” I want to put on record our thanks to Sherrelle for her volunteering and especially the manner in which she came alongside other women with an empathetic, learning approach and professionalism.”
The full report is available to download here
A film Stephen made with Sherrelle while she was in Tanzania is available to watch here
The last word is from the women themselves: