IMAGINE Program Impacts

"The IMAGINE program was able to facilitate human agency in a relatively short time with minimal costs. Participants expressed high levels of agency and hope for the future which resulted in them being:
• 3 times more likely to report improved income,
• 10 times more likely to report improved health,
• 15 times more likely to report improved relationships.

The capacity of this process to catalyze behavior change is astounding and has tremendous potential to positively impact the lives of millions of women worldwide."

—Dr. Anita Shankar, Behavioral Scientist, Johns Hopkins University

 

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Approximately 6,000 people, predominantly women, participated in IMAGINE's Empowerment Workshop as of May 2016.

150,000 people were directly impacted through being part of the immediate network of the people who participated in the Empowerment Workshop. This includes family, friends and community members gaining a sense of agency through observation of this new social norm modeled by the Empowerment Workshop participants. This number is based on IMAGINE's informal research indicating that workshop participants on average speak to 25 people over the course of time.

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Jordan River Foundation: IMAGINE Empowerment Workshop Evaluation Results

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Introduction

Jordan River Foundation (JRF) conducted a series of Empowerment Workshops as part of the IMAGINE initiative targeting a group of its program’s female beneficiaries. This report presents the workshops impact evaluation results. The results were drawn from a representative sample, whose members’ input was surveyed to explore the impact the training had on its participants’ lives.

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Agency-Based Empowerment Training Enhances Sales Capacity of Female Energy Entrepreneurs in Kenya

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Globally, women’s involvement in clean cooking value chains has been minimal. This is partly because of the multiple challenges faced by women that impede their capacity to effectively engage in the energy sector. To better discern gender-specific differences in involvement in the energy sector, the authors conducted a randomized trial in Kenya to compare sales performance of newly trained male and female improved cookstove entrepreneurs and to test the effects of an agency-based empowerment training on business activity.

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