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Something new is happening in Uganda! Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) is a program by developed by BRAC and being scaled up in Tanzania.
The program uses a novel approach for putting power in the hands of teenage girls. ELA is just one example of BRAC’s multi-faceted approach to tackling poverty.
How does it work?
ELA involves friends, confidence building, and microloans. An independent study by the London School of Economics and Political Science reports amazing results, including a huge reduction in pregnancies and an 83% drop in reports of forced sex. You can also watch the video recording of webinar “How Can Microfinance Be More Inclusive to Children and Youth?” that we recently co-hosted with Children and Youth Finance International in celebration of Global Money Week 2014.
Watch the video below to see how a Ugandan girl named Winnie took advantage of ELA to open a hardware store and turn her life around.