Evaluation of the WASH-Village Savings and Loans (VS&L) Linking Project

Plan International has contracted FOCUS 1000 to conduct an endline assessment of the WASH-VS&L Linking Project in Port Loko and Moyamba Districts, a pilot project funded by the UK Department for International Development through Adams Smith International. The main objective of the project was to ensure sustainability of WASH outcomes for beneficiary communities through improved access to finance using VS&L methodologies. A total of 34 VS&L groups were to be trained in effective management of their realized savings. Furthermore, 68 VS&L members were also to be trained on proper maintenance and repair of water supply facilities such as pumps and wells. The trainings were then infused with sector learning in order to facilitate the scaling up of WASH-VSL linkages.

The evaluation aimed to:

  • Assess progress towards achieving the overall aims and objectives of the project;
  • Reflect and learn from what has worked well and what has not, and the reasons why, so as to inform future initiatives; and
  • Identify lessons learned and provide recommendations for replication and scale-up for future similar projects