- Economic poverty (most under $2/day)
- Access to affordable business loans
- Low female participation in development decisions
- Low levels of female entrepreneurship.
- Poor savings culture
- High financial illiteracy
- Low youth entrepreneurship
- Lack of collaboration for collective bargaining.
- High levels of energy poverty.
- High dependency on GMO seeds and inorganic fertilizers.
- Development of agro based and non-agro based cooperatives
- Improve access to financial services through community banking
- Increase access to renewable energy technologies through energy loans.
Total investment of $6000 into Kapita COMSIP since 2012:
- Empower Projects provided the seed funding for the project through an interest-free loan.
- Household solar lighting systems. 200 household have acquired modern solar lanterns that also charge mobile phones.
- 137 people trained in business start up and management
- Business clinics/boot camps
- Ongoing project monitoring
- Construction of Earthship Community Centre to house the bank.
- A democratically-run, registered cooperative.
- 180 people trained and certified in business skills
- 200 households have access to solar home lighting cutting costs on unhealthy kerosene through energy loans with high repayment rates.
- Over 25 enterprises have benefited a business loan to date.
- The COMSIP has invested in a business selling mobile credit through its membership. A successful venture which is expanding the COMSIP’s capital base for loans.
- over 40 shareholders in the COMSIP and growing.