VILLAGE ALIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
BACKGROUND OF VADI PROJECT
The Village Alive Development Initiative, an action research project; initially took off in 1995 as Village Alive Women Association (VAWA) in the communities of Idofian, Elerinjare, Jimba Oja, Kabba Owode in Kwara State. But these intervention soon became inactive due to funding.
In 2011, the ARMTI Management resuscitated the project as the “Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI)” to include men, women and youth in the participating communities as beneficiaries in the project. The participating communities include Falokun-Oja, Fufu, Apa-ola, Elerinjare, Ilota, Jimba-Oja, Igbo-owu, Amoyo and Omomere-oja in Kwara State. The project is aimed at creating village level opportunities for rural dwellers to alleviate their poverty and also use the result to strengthen ARMTI’s training programme. VADI aims at employment and income generation and good governance in the participating communities. The project employs a participatory approach in planning and implementing the fiel d level activities by ensuring active involvement of the beneficiaries.
PRA session in Fufu community during baseline survey
To be world class change agent, facilitating the development of the rural areas through wealth creation, networking, knowledge and skills empowerment.
To identify impediments inhibiting wealth creation, improving standard of living and peaceful co-existence among rural dwellers and proffering ameliorating strategies.
Presentation of PRA results at plenary session in Fufu community
The aim is to create a sustainable and self-reliant community-based organization for rural dwellers through the implementation of programmes that will improve the standard of living and social economic status of the communities. The specific objectives are to:
- promote rural enterprise development through provision of appropriate skills and opportunities;
- enhancing financial inclusion through establishment and management of micro credit scheme in communities to promote economic activities;
- stimulate and improve the management skills among rural dwellers through group activities;
- promote improved living condition within the community environments to achieve sustainable economic development; and
- provide specialized knowledge and skills in nutrition to VADI members communities
VADI adopts four actions namely enterprise, social, financial inclusion and special skills actions in its adopted communities.
- Promotion of off-farm and on-farm enterprises:
- Value addition in agricultural produce and agro processing;
- Value chain development (cassava, shea butter);
- Livestock and diary development;
- Fisheries and aquaculture;
- Handicraft and cottage industry; and
- Other income generating activities such as bee-keeping and honey production, poultry and sericulture.
- Promotion of non-farm micro-enterprise through micro-credit.
- Linkages, Partnership and Collaborations with relevant organizations;
- Group Mobilization and Dynamics; and
- Health Education
FINANCIAL INCLUSION ACTION
- Micro Finance
- Financial Literacy Training
- Account opening: individual, groups, community and VADI Management accounts.
- Skills on Production of products on request/demand
- Management and Leadership Skill.
- Provision of appropriate training for the facilitators and beneficiaries of the various components of the project, such as:
- Record-keeping and loan management;
- Basic skills for small enterprise management;
- Home management, health and nutrition education;
- Cooperative and group management;
- Technical skills in small scale enterprises; and
- Adult literacy.
Cross section of beneficiaries during flag-off of seed fund disbursement
Organogram of VADI
The figure below shows the direction of activities and services in VADI, ARMTI is at the centre of the whole activities, linking up and facilitating process for all other stakeholders i.e. Commercial Banks, CBN (who are in charge of client accounts and disbursed loans, and who also pay request for mobilized savings on behalf of ARMTI), NAIC, support service providers like NCAM who provides tractors and equipment and VADI communities). VADI communities pay their savings and loan repayment through ARMTI field officers to the bank and pay insurance premium to NAIC (i.e. 2% in the case of crop, processing and produce buying and 2.5% in the case of livestock which insures loan to VADI through ARMTI and the bank. The services provide input and advisory services to VADI communities through ARMTI while ARMTI provides support services, in terms of training and consultancy directly to VADI communities.
VADI LINKAGES CHART
Front view of the cassava processing centre at Jimba-oja community
Cross section of beneficiaries during the training on the use and maintenance of the cassava processing centre
L-R: Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Agriculture-Mr. Anu Ibiwoye, some members of ARMTI Management and the Head of Kwara State DFO-CBN
Cross section of one of VADI Communities during the flag off of seed fund disbursement
Cross section of Community Heads during a sensitization workshop on managing post harvest losses
Ag. Executive Director delivering an opening speech during a sensitization workshop on managing post harvest losses organised for all participating the communities