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Going the Distance: Innovative Health Product Financing and Business Strengthening to Reach the Last Mile in Tanzania
For Tanzania’s rural and urban poor, Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs) are often the first entry point to the health system. Many ADDOs struggle to accumulate sufficient working capital, particularly rural facilities that are challenged to replenish inventory during the rainy season. Banyan Global, working under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus project, conducted a business needs assessment and developed an ADDO strengthening strategy, which includes tailored business training and coaching and the introduction of digital inventory management and financial record-keeping systems.
Digital Solutions to Development: Using WhatsApp to Train Women Health Business Owners during the COVID-19 Lockdown
In February 2020, Banyan Global conducted a gender analysis focused on the constraints affecting women owners and managers of health businesses in Tanzania as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) project. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates, Banyan Global’s role on SHOPS Plus is to support the financial success of private health businesses; the findings from the gender analysis were used to inform a training that would address major constraints affecting women-owned health businesses.
Banyan Global is taking a three-pronged approach to the COVID-19 crisis that focuses on responding in the short-term; planning for long-term recovery; and building resilience for sustainability. Recognizing that COVID-19 is not just a health crisis but is disrupting every aspect of life, from education to livelihoods and from agricultural production to supply-chain and trade bottlenecks, Banyan Global is working synergistically across its practice areas to take a multisectoral approach. Additionally, Banyan Global’s response, recovery, and resilience-building efforts are gendered, socially inclusive, and targeted to the needs of the marginalized, who have been hit hardest by this crisis.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Honduras Workforce Development Activity, Empleando Futuros (Employing Futures), is addressing the social and economic isolation that contributes to violence in Honduras head on. In 2018, Empleando Futuros began exploring ways to provide employment and entrepreneurship training for youth who were either former gang members or had previously been in conflict with the law.
In Ethiopia, women farmers achieve agricultural yields that are up to 35 percent lower than that of their male counterparts. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (FTFE VCA) addresses barriers to success for women farmers through a peer mentorship program. Banyan Global, as a subcontractor to Fintrac, leads the program’s implementation.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) project improves health outcomes in Madagascar. Banyan Global leads the access to finance and business strengthening component of the project. The Investing in Excellence program, created by Banyan Global, recognizes the ways in which private health providers like Mr. Patric are leveraging financial support to invest in and improve their health care practices.