THRIVE: Building Secure Livelihoods

THRIVE: Building Secure Livelihoods

World Vision’s life-changing THRIVE model empowers parents economically to break the cycle of poverty and sustainably improve their family’s education, health, food security and nutrition, and shelter. VisionFund partners with World Vision to support the program across Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, and Honduras.

Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE)

THIRVE focuses on family-level change and is proven to dramatically increase household incomes, resulting in stronger and more self-sufficient families. Its program interventions systematically and comprehensively address the underlying causes of vulnerability, allowing families to sustainably progress out of poverty and into prosperity.

One of the greatest obstacles to breaking free from the cycle of poverty is when a person is dependent upon others for bringing, creating, or sustaining his or her well-being. In response, World Vision’s integrated approach starts with training on a biblically-empowered worldview based on the understanding that each person is created in the image of a loving and redeeming God, is accountable for their actions, and has the power to shape their own future.

This approach is critical in helping people make wise investments in their family and business with their income. The most vital force for development comes from within, as people seek to know how God is calling and empowering them to change the world around them for the better.

Building on the empowered worldview, World Vision focuses on three key areas of farming.

End-to-end business of farming


End-to-end Business of Farming

First, the farm is a business, and for the business of farming to succeed we must address the entire chain of issues facing the farmer. Our parent organisation, World Vision, begins with savings groups, progresses to organising farmers to work together, systematically improves their agricultural value chain, and supports them in improved market access. VisionFund then ensures farmers have access to financial services at every step of the process, allowing them to purchase what they need and develop their farms for economic success.

Natural resource management


Natural Resource Management

Second, the farm is an ecosystem that sits within a broader ecosystem. To succeed, especially as weather and rainfall patterns change, World Vision helps the farmer manage their on-farm soil, vegetation, and water management. The whole community is helped to manage and rehabilitate forests, watersheds and grasslands. This reduces risk to the business, allowing VisionFund to lend to farmers with confidence.

Emergency and situational awareness


Emergency and Situational Awareness

Third, the farmer manages investments and risks and needs information to deal with shocks, emergencies, and change around them. World Vision and VisionFund work to get the farmer the information about weather, market prices, animal and plant disease, and the like so they can proactively manage their risks. This ensures that they can pay their loans back on time, and VisionFund can lend to them through many cycles of business growth.

Agrifinance and Crop and Livestock Insurance 2

Thriving for the Future

Aggregate incomes for communities that embrace and employ World Vision’s THRIVE model have risen significantly — double or more.

Families who have participated in all aspects of the model in Tanzania saw their incomes grow 400 to 600 percent in many cases.

These hardworking farmers finally have the ability to consistently feed their children nutritious food, send them to school, cover bills for basic healthcare, build a house made of brick with a metal roof instead of mud, sticks and straw, and reinvest in their businesses.

They are building strong relationships by working together to get out of extreme poverty for good. They're no longer just surviving; they're thriving.