The iSAVE Inclusive Economic Empowerment Programme (iSAVE) is an inclusive microfinance programme designed to remove barriers that hinder the inclusion and particiation of persons with disabilities. These barriers exist due to exclusion by the community, service providers and development programs, as well as exclusion by design. Persons with disabilities often have low self-esteem, which also creates a barrier to their participation in social and economical activities. Through supporting the empowerment of persons with disabilities and by understanding and gradually removing the barriers they face, persons with disabilities are better integrated in their local communities, become self-sufficient, and can contribute to further development of the community.
UGANDA: The iSAVE programme is implemented in the following districts of Eastern and Northern Uganda: Manafwa, Iganga, Lira, and Apac. The organizations implementing iSAVE in Uganda are the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda and the Association of Microfinance institutions of Uganda (AMFIU). NUDIPU consists of 14 Disabled People’s Organizations that have offices across the country
MALAWI:The iSAVE programme is implemented in the following districts in Malawi: Balaka and Dedza. The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) is the organization implementing iSAVE in Malawi. FEDOMA headquarters is located in the city centre of Blantyre and works in close collaboration with the District Disability Forums (DDFs) and other national and regional stakeholders