VSL Associates offers a wide range of services to donor agencies, international and local NGOs and academic institutions that promote community-managed microfinance.

VSL Associates provides support in:

  • strategic planning and programme design;
  • staff training in the VSL methodology and the use of the SAVIX MIS
  • monitoring and evaluation.

Strategic planning and programme design

  • Orientation sessions in the VSL methodology
  • Feasibility studies to determine the scope and potential market for VSL
  • Project design
  • Development of all the materials required to support the implementation of the programme.  This includes the adaptation of the standard VSL Training Guides to the specific needs of a partner organisation, but never in ways that diverges from the basic principles of the methodology

Training in the VSL methodology and MIS

  • Training in the VSL methodology for programme staff
  • Introductory training in the SAVIX MIS for programme and M&E staff (, focused on field operations, data collection, data entry and operational report generation
  • Advanced training in the SAVIX MIS for Programme Managers and M&E staff to analyse overall programme performance and to aggregate ande compare project results
  • Exposure visits to model VSL programmes

Monitoring, programme evaluation and impact studies

  • Development of programme monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Programme monitoring
  • Impact evaluation
  • SAVIX MIS data audit and report analysis

Academic and professional courses in community-managed microfinance

Several members of our team are faculty members of universities and professional institutes that offer courses in community-managed microfinance