Microfinance

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founded in 2011
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Coordinator | Eva
Coordinator | Eva
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High­lights

Help disadvantaged young people to become economically independent
Work on granting loans from traditional financial institutions to former talibés and disadvantaged women
Promote economic independence, social development and dignity in vulnerable people
Gain experience and knowledge on economics and financial plans
Visit the beautiful country of Senegal with other volunteers in your free time
Work with young adults, who have grown up on the streets, helping them to build their own companies and find their feet. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The Microfinance project aims to help disadvantaged young people who have little chance of entering the job market to become economically independent. The project grants loans from traditional financial institutions to former talibés (Senegalese street children) and occasionally disadvantaged women. The loans allow the individuals to build their own businesses. The project provides not only financial support but also works to assess the needs and unique situations of the beneficiaries. The aim is to promote economic independence, social development and dignity in vulnerable people.

In this programme, volunteers work with the local Senegalese experts in the centre in St. Louis, accompanying beneficiaries on their path to becoming economically independent by organising loans and constructing financial plans.

Typical day

A typical day will start with waking up and having breakfast at your host-family's house. After that, you will either walk (most host-family's are located on walking distance) or take a taxi to your project location. At 9 in the morning, you meet with your supervisor and other volunteers. Together you will continue on your task: where you get to work with the participants of the Microfinance project, and for example work on a financial businessplan together. 

At 12:30 PM,  you get to enjoy a long afternoon break, where you can have a nice West-African lunch, go to the beach, the market or swimming pool, or just relax with your fellow volunteers. From 16:00  untill 18:30 in the evening, your project continues. In the evening, you can have dinner with your host family or for example go to a restaurant with other volunteers, and afterwards enjoy a nice bar or do other fun activities.  Project days are usually monday till friday, so you have the afternoons, evenings and weekends to do sightseeing, relaxing, and exploring Senegal with your fellow volunteers! Off-days outside of the weekends have to be debated with the supervisors, all depending on the length of your stay. But once again: ASF always tries to be as flexible as possible, to meet the wishes of our volunteers!

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can explore Senegal or other neigboring West-African countries with other volunteers! In Senegal, you can visit the beautiful beaches of Saint-Louis or Cap Skirring, the Lompoul desert, the Pink Lake, the Seashell Island (Joal-Fadiouth), or Ile de Gorée which has a very intriguing history of slave-trade. Also, you can visit several wildparks with exotic animals or beautiful bird-parks. Besides, the city of Saint-Louis is a very vibrant and lively city, with lots of art, beautiful architecture and history, and a vibrant nightlife with various clubs, good restaurants and bars.
Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak French (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Aider Sans Frontières

Aider Sans Frontières is a non-profit organisation, so all costs go towards your project, accommodation and food. Prices include accomodation, food, water, staff support and transfer to and from the airport. The food included in the price entails three meals a day: so breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special food requirements such as vegetarian is often no problem! Pick up from the international airport in Dakar to ASF and your host family in Saint-Louis is done by a very friendly and experienced staff member of ASF. Flights and insurance are NOT included in the price but we are able to help you arrange these. Transparency is an important value to ASF so if for a breakdown of costs please contact us for further explanation.

Airport Pickup at Blaise Diagne International Airport
Transfer to and from the airport is done by one of our experienced and very friendly staff members. The drive to and from the international airport in Dakar to Saint-Louis, where ASF and your host family is based, takes about 3.5 hours. 
Accommodation
Our standard accommodation included in the price of your project is host family accommodation. We will match you with a local family who will look after you and give you three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included in the price. Special food requirements such as vegetarian is often no problem! Our families are friendly, warm and welcoming and fully checked. ASF only works with host families who we've knows for many years and who get great reviews from former volunteers. Host family accommodation is clean but not luxurious. You have either your own room or you can share one with another volunteer if they are present in Senegal in the same period as you are.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Prices include food and water, meaning you get breakfast, lunch and dinner, so three meals a day. Any special food requirements, such as vegetarian meals, is often no problem at all! 
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) in Dakar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Senegal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Senegal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Senegal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Senegal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Flexibility is key! We are able to host volunteers all year round. ASF always tries to be as flexible as possible, to meet the wishes of our volunteers!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$802
2 weeks
$1,604
3 weeks
$2,406
4 weeks
$3,207
8 weeks
$6,415
16 weeks
$12,830
50 weeks (max. stay)
$40,093
Average fees
$802 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Aider Sans Frontières will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Aider Sans Frontières during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Microfinance

Work with young adults, who have grown up on the streets, helping them to build their own companies and find their feet.

$553/week

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