|Guinea Expanded Natural Resource Management Activity (ENERMA)|
In traditional economies of developing countries, everyday human activities are intimately connected to the natural environment so that there can be no sustainable economic development without wise management of natural resources. EWV has always recognized this critical link and has consistently sought responsible ways to help people improve their productivity and increase their incomes in resource-conscious ways. EWV believes that improved incomes and productivity on an individual basis, particularly in agriculture, will go a long way toward relieving collective pressures on soil, water, and biological resources. In this vein, for a period of six years from 1999 through 2005 under the Expanded Natural Resource Management Activity (ENRMA), USAID/Guinea’s centerpiece natural resource management program, EWV worked on promoting the increased use of sustainable natural resource management practices by:
- Developing and providing micro, small and medium enterprises with user-friendly, demand-driven advisory services – including business planning, product and market development, and even financial services – that helped them develop alternative livelihood options to current destructive practices.
- Establishing Enterprise Development Centers (CDEs) through which project clients were provided with timely and valuable information that helped them make good technology choices, allowing them to transform their businesses.
- Strengthening local NGOs and institutions and, where necessary, established new mechanisms and community structures that supported economic growth in rural areas in ways that helped safeguard natural resources.
- Mobilizing financial resources that provided financing to rural entrepreneurs as well as various associations and village-based organizations involved in agricultural production, transformation and commercialization activities. To accomplish this EWV created a network of credit and savings associations, Caisses Communautaires de Croissance (C³s), that were managed and controlled at the village level.