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Press Release: USAID Administrator Samantha Power Commends AVSI’s “Graduating to Resilience” Activity for Exceptional Impact and Scalability

Administrator Power highlighted the Activity as a pioneering model for poverty alleviation. “They identified a poverty reduction program in the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, which is being piloted in Uganda, providing a sequenced set of supports like training and financial services that help refugees transition from dependency on humanitarian aid to self-sustaining livelihoods,” said Administrator Power on April 9th in Washington, DC.

“Transitioning from Graduation to Resilience” Virtual Learning Event

The USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance funded Graduating to Resilience Activity held a two-hour virtual learning event on the 13th of April 2023: “Transitioning from Graduation to Resilience.” The event was part of USAID’s Agency Learning and Evidence Month, where the 7-year livelihoods program presented learnings from its first cohort of implementation to an audience of about 160+ virtual participants following invitations to a wider cross-section of partners in the Uganda Government, nonprofit, multilateral, and private sectors.

Peace Besime and Nsanze Sepiria: A couple’s story of resilience in Kamwenge, Uganda

We share a couple’s story of resilience. Peace Besime and Nsanze Sepiria were struggling after years of failed farming ventures, they could barely pay for their basic needs (medical expenses, school dues for their five children, and the construction of a decent shelter). Thankfully, they were introduced to the Graduating to Resilience Activity funded by USAID (led by AVSI Foundation, in partnership with American Institute for Research and Trickle Up). Peace and Nsanze were empowered with practical tools: goal setting, business coaching, good agronomic practices, and even more; finally, their voyage to self-reliance began!

The story of Florence: Coaching and livelihood trainings help families in Southwestern Uganda achieve their goals

We tell the story of Florence, 42 years old and the mother of nine children, just one of the 6,824 households actively involved in the USAID-funded Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District, Southwestern Uganda.

Florence’s children had no access to quality education, and in and out of their school since she had no money to pay for their fees. Worse, the family couldn’t afford to feed the children with nutritious meals and their health was in disarray. Florence’s hopes of guiding her children to a bright future appeared dim.

AVSI-USA to host Graduating to Resilience Learning Summit

AVSI-USA is excited to bring together key global players to celebrate the power of the Graduation Approach to transform lives. What makes this approach so successful is the holistic services offered, for they not only provide new skills, but confidence to the targeted ultra-poor households (HH), as well as improve their security to diversify income, protect against shocks, and sustain well-being.