REMIT FOR CHANGE
What is the Remit for Change program?
In a historic win for transnational families, TIGRA has accredited three money transfer companies that agree to provide the following: (a) a product that’s 20% cheaper than Western Union; (b) transparency in pricing & language accessibility in their customer service; and (c) to reinvest a portion of what they make back to the community they benefit from. Remit for Change is a 16-week field program that combines the promotions and use of these accredited products with a grassroots strategy of financial education and leadership development. The collective experience of participants in the program will inform the further development of the products and the refinement of La Liga Global’s empowerment strategy. The Remit for Change program will run from May 1 – August 31, 2010.
What does the program want to accomplish?
The project hopes to identify at least 500 remitters per site during the pilot period. TIGRA will work with each organization to craft a 16-week outreach, education and recruitment campaign that will include (a) basic organizer skills training, (b) a financial education curriculum that highlights the economic justice significance of the Remit for Change program, and (c) practical, hands-on use of the accredited products and their thorough evaluation. By working with community-based organizations with a solid track record in constituency-engagement and education, the program will provide opportunities in developing new leadership, recruitment of new members and allies, as well as new sources of revenue for each organization. Organizations, from the very start of the program, can generate up to $2/user per month that can go to support its work.
What are the key requirements for being a pilot project?
First, each project needs to identify a Coordinator and up to five (5) key leaders and/or volunteers who will be trained as “Promotores” or community organizers. TIGRA will help conduct the training sessions and share the entire curriculum with project participants. We estimate that the Coordinator will spend an average of 10-12 hours per week, and each Promotor will average 5-6 hours per week.
How much does it cost to be one of the five pilot projects?
The budget for each pilot project is $9,000. TIGRA is willing to provide the capital for each pilot project, and only requires that the organization pay back at least 50% (or $4,500) at 0% interest over the course of 24 months. The idea is for organizations to pay back the loan with its new revenues.
How do I apply?
Fill out the attached 1-pager and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the oldskoolers, you can fax it back at 510-986-1062. You’ll hear from us immediately.