HR&S RISE Centre Liberia

Social good

In 2018 we started a RISE centre in Buchanan together with the Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS).  In 2020 we aim start a new RISE centre together  in Painsville in collaboration with the Liberian Youth Christian Foundation (LYCFO).

RISE Centre Buchanan The RISE centre in Buchanan is targeting Former Child Soldiers and is managing the IDEFOCS programmes: 1 Farming; 2 Housing; 3 Re-integration programme; and 4. After school programme. The start-up loan of USD 7,000 in cash and six computers (USD 1,500) was provided by HR&S.

RISE Centre Painsville RISE centre in Painsville will manage Business support and Trauma counselling.
Business support 1. IDEFOCS farm, house and re-integration programme support & control with Action Invest. 2. IDEFOCS Water business support and control with Action Invest. 3. Other.
Trauma counselling  Training of trauma counsellors and suportvisors. The counselling will then be offered to the Former Child Soldiers and other war affected people at the RISE Centre in Buchanan as well as in our IDEFOCS programme in Little Bassa. Please find deatils about trauma counselling in report H10 and about the IDEFOCS programme in Little Bassa in report A19.

Acknowledgement HR&S is seriously proud of, and grateful to, our partners IDEFOCS and LYCFO. We look forward to a continued long lasting collaboration where we generate evidence based impact.

Social business – Painsville

The RISE Centres Painsville is a social enterprises unit and an HR&S local office. The RISE Centres Painsville manages a RISE invest fund, an Action invest fund, accountability management, RISE centre services and RISE centre related businesses. Possible future social businesses include provision of HRS& Shop items and joint ventures with HR&S Sweden.

RISE invest & Action Invest

Loan management conditions
The RISE Centres manages a RISE invest fund and possibly an Action invest fund, and give out loans to social entrepreneurs with 15 % interest. Each interest fund unit shall contribute to the salary of one staff member to manage the programme, the bank account fees, money transfer costs, internet for be used on partner communication, auditor, survey manager and coach.  A local HR&S /Action10 local RISE Centre bank account is opened in the name of the local partner. The funds must be paid back to the HR&S/Action10 local RISE Centre account without exception. Paid back funds is always 100 % reinvested in new business. The fund level shall be EURO 30,000 per unit. When the target amount for the fundraising campaign has been reached then the fundraising for that programme ends. The RISE invest fund is then expected to manage a sustainable business. 5 % of the fund is set aside for the support and control staff, thus EURO 500 per assignment and year. 10 % of the interest shall pay the bank account fees, money transfer costs and the rest shall contribute to the salary of one employed programme manager. The support & control staff shall be assigned by, or at least be approved by the RISE Centre management. The support and control staff can be employed by the RISE Centre. The Programme managers shall support the loan takers by i) informing locally about the concept of RISE invest / Action Invest and collect approval from the relevant authorities, ii) coordinate the local partners and periodically collect pay-back money, iii) provide training on business management adapted to the local circumstances, and iv) provide direct coaching and address challenges. The accountability management includes monthly bookkeeping with bank account statements and internal control as well as quarterly external auditing yearly auditing report and management response, quarterly programme surveys with yearly reporting and monthly coaching of the HR&S practical strategies. During the creation of the fund, 15% of the transfer of funds shall cover the survey manager, the auditor and the coach (minimum EURO 300 per year and assignment). Each RISE Centre can run several RISE invest units.

Conditions for loan takers
The loans are paid back with 15% annual interest. Periodical bank accounts statements and annual external auditing are used as evidence for that the investment capital is managed and paid back according to agreement. The first loan  shall be small and a second larger loan, and other further loans, shall only be granted if the business is well managed. The loan takers contribute financially with 10 % of the request loan amount, which is paid back when the loan agreement has been cleared. The loan taker provides a guarantee, the type of guarantee is depending on the context. The guarantee can be an asset, and a cooperative approach and a social structure support and control network.

RISE invest and Action invest separate conditions

RISE invest The capital of the RISE invest funds is raised through Crowd-funding “StartSomeGood”. HR&S charges 20 % of the raised funds, the crowdfunding platform 5 % and the Swedish Government 25 % in tax. Each RISE Centre can run several RISE invest units.

Action Invest The Action Invest fund is managed by Action10. www.Action.org. The capital of the funds is raised through the Crowd-funding platform “Global giving” and through Action10 members monthly givers. Global giving is an active platform and charges 12 % of the raised funds.

Accountability management

The RISE Centre is responsible for the local running of the “Accountability management programme”. The support & control staff ensuring auditing, survey managing and coaching shall be assigned by, or at least be approved by the RISE Centre management. The support and control staff can be employed by the RISE Centre. Fifteen % of transferred investment capital is invested in accountability measures. Five % (minimum EUR 300) each in auditing, survey managing and coaching, in this priority order. When the investment capital or profit is large enough, then the local income shall sustain the auditor, survey manager and coach fees.

Auditing The auditor does quarterly auditing, including one at the end of the fiscal year. Most likely, when doing the quarterly auditing, the auditor will give guidance on how she/he would like the bookkeeping to look at the end of the year. The auditor produces and end of the year auditing report and ensures a management response.

Survey management The survey manager visits quarterly. In terms of programme and financial monitoring, the survey manager follow the TestE strategy, and sends reports to HR&S after each visit. Data is also exchanged through ROPEdata.se

Coaching The coach visits monthly. In terms of programme, the coach follow the ROPE strategy, and feeds information to the Programme Journal. In terms of financial coaching, the coach ensures quarterly control of the bookkeeping, as well as internal and external financial control systems. Data is exchanged through ROPEdata.se.

RISE centre services

The Centre also offers access to computers and other office equipment as well as work space, training and coaching to the RISE Centre members. The costs for procuring the computers and other items is covered through donations.  The income shall cover the running cost of the Centre, including internet and electricity.

RISE centre related businesses

Centre related small-scale businesses are encouraged that will generate income to increase the number of staff, improve the quality of equipment and the quality and location of Centre it-self. This can be transportation, accommodation, food & drinks, renting out venue, etc.

Provision of HR&S Shop items

The Centre links with those partners who produces items that can be sold in the Shop in Sweden.

Joint venture with HR&S Sweden

The Centre is encouraged to initiate additional community driven social enterprises that will further increase the income.

RISE Liberia Coaching meeting

6 September
Secretary Ramses

Today’s meeting started at about 5:10 pm Liberian time due to zoom connection failure. However, Present for the meeting were Cecelia, Elaine and Ramses. George showed up for like 3minutes because he had a family function to attend.

Today’s meeting captured the agenda that was previously sent prior to the meeting date.

Action Points collected from the meeting included the following:

  • Opening of bank account for HR&S RISE SUPPORT CENTER LIBERIA is completed that leads us to the next phase
  • Money transfer to pay COACHES was made pending alert from the bank and payment will be done by Lionel and in turn, all coaches are to sign receipts.
  • Coaches are to sign the agreement sent previously.
  • IDEFOCS need to confirm that they will be coached by RISE LIBERIA TEAM and come up with a business model that will generate income and as such, payback the loan with interest. This money will be used to expand our work in Liberia giving support to also other social entrepreneurs that are passionate and have good income generating ideas.
  • IDEFOCS to agree on a business model that has great ideas and that will bring forth income to pay back loans and interest before the money is transferred to them.
  • Julie from Action10 is working on an amazing driving school module that will be elaborated on in a seminar directly after the next Sunday regular monthly meeting.
  • Coaches are to provide IDEFOCS with all the support in going through a loan taker agreement within 2 months’ time after which if IDEFOCS have digested all the terms and conditions affixed in it before signing.
  • RISE SUPPORT CENTER LIBERIA needs to seek a hosting institution to assist us with a space to do our work for now and in turn, the host will benefit from our strategies and workshops for free.
  • RISE SUPPORT CENTER LIBERIA team needs to begin to concentrate on income-generating activities to expand our work in Liberia.
  • RISE LIBERIA COACHES are now invited to attend a monthly meetings every Wednesday at 4 pm Liberian time to be able to gain and share ideas with other Members of Action10 and HR&S in Sweden and other parts.
  • Tatenda is working on an article to promote the work HR&S is doing in Liberia alongside IDEFOCS. Elaine is advised to communicate with Mr. Tatenda to aid in the branding of HR&S work in Liberia and provide all necessary support to ensure effectiveness.
  • At the same time, Elaine is going to come up with strategies that will support all the work we do create publicity as well.

The meeting was adjoined with parting statements from Elaine and Ramses. both of them commended the level of work done so far and look forward to more prosperity. Unfortunately, Roberson didn’t show up for the meeting.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Mr. Ramses HUTCHINS  & Mr. George LIONEL

Thank you sincerely for your huge effort during the HR&S RISE Centre start-up. Your contribution to this team is what made it possible to be established. We will always remember.
You have asked for nothing in return, but you have been working and you have delivered measurable results.
❤️❤️❤️ Seriously. We are proud of you !!

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