Financial Inclusion for Out-of-School Adolescent Girls Project

Financial Inclusion for Out-of-School Adolescent Girls Project

Uplifting Un-educated Girls

Financial Inclusion for Out-of-School Adolescent Girls (FINAG) is a pilot project being implemented by CARE Rwanda and Girl Hub Rwanda (GHR). The project targets 10,000 out-of-school adolescent girls aged 14-19. The focus on out-of-school girls is because girls are especially likely to drop out of school, and once they do, they face additional risks and vulnerabilities.

The project provides girls with financial education and skills, using the Village Savings and Loans (VSL) models, including both financial literacy and life skills training. The project combines mentorship, safe spaces for girls to meet, and parent and community engagement with the VSL approach to enable sustainable girl-centered programming.

The goal of the project is to demonstrate an effective, sustainable, and replicable approach to ensure that out-of-school girls aged 14-19 can claim and enjoy their rights to full economic participation and contribute to the development and prosperity of their families, communities and the country. This includes focusing on increased income through access and use of services, resources and opportunities and increased self-confidence and household and community valuing of girls' contributions.  


For further information, please see the attached document. To learn more about the models used for this project, please see the Models page.

Project Achievements

From a case study on a beneficiary of the FINAG project, the young girl said "today we enjoy and exercise our rights to a certain degree without the interference of our parents. For instance, we sell our domestic animals such as goats, hens, rabbits and spend the money on preferred items. We participate in community and public affairs such as community work (UMUGANDA), community health advisory councils, and supporting elections of local leaders through public awareness and campaigns respectively. Some of us belong to community level committees like administrative cell advisory committee, security committees at village level, women councils at cell and sector levels as well as volunteering committees especially during elections of local leaders."


Project Info

  • Start Date: 2010 July
  • Donor: Government of Rwanda
  • Program: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
  • District: Huye, Nyamagabe
  • Number of beneficiaries: 10,000
  • Partners: GirlHub


Models used:

  • VSL Model