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
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
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
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.
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.
World Vision's THRIVE model
THRIVE—Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments—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.
This document explains the various aspects of the THRIVE model.
Village Savings Provide Nutritional Lessons
One segment for the THRIVE project is the promotion of village savings models for economic empowerment of vulnerable groups, especially women. Witness decided to join Chigwirizano Village savings group, comprised of 30 women. Through the group savings and loans, she is able to engage in various small-scale businesses. She now has money throughout the year. She is also able to buy farm supplies like fertilizer and seeds, to produce enough food for the family.
2018 Annual Report - Economic Empowerment
Progress Report: Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018)
THRIVE (Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) is one of the building blocks of World Vision’s global livelihoods strategy and economic empowerment work. Our work addresses the underlying causes of poverty: food insecurity, vulnerability to climatic events, and lack of access to information, markets, and financial services. Our goal is to lift the most vulnerable families out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
1 million people were provided with access to economic empowerment activities since the programs began in FY16, with 351,898 in FY18.