About

CoMSCA Introduction

Community Managed Savings and Credit Association or CoMSCA is a system of creating a local pool of capital to provide members access to useful lump sums to meet predictable expenses, to reduce shocks to vulnerable livelihoods, facilitate household cash-flow management, and make short-term investments in income-generating activities.

Objective

CoMSCA is one of the World Vision’s Economic Development approaches aims: To provide simple savings and loan facilities, in a community that does not have access to formal financial services.

PURPOSE

This economic development initiative is believed by World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF) as  one of the effective sustainability mechanisms and means for integrated programming — enabling families to have increased income while improving education, health, welfare of women and children, and building peace in the assisted communities.

CoMSCA Concepts:

  • It is a community-based groups that mobilise and manage their own savings, providing loans to members and offering a limited form of financial insurance
  • It is self-managed and independent
  • It is usually time-bound – it shares out member equity at least once a year in proportion to savings
  • Meant to establish institutional and financial independence
  • Its practices are simple and based on the context of the community.
  • Its primary purpose is to provide simple savings and loan facilities in a community that does not have access to formal financial services.

CoMSCA is a system of creating a local pool of capital:

  • To provide members access to useful lump sums to meet predictable expenses
  • To reduce shocks to vulnerable livelihoods
  • Facilitate household cash-flow management
  • And make short-term investments in income-generating activities.

CoMSCA Targets:

  • Women
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Farmers
  • PWDs
  • Senior Citizens
  • Others

CoMSCA Services

Savings

Members save in CoMSCA by buying shares/ each member has the opportunity to purchase between one (1) to five (5) shares. The agreed amount per share should allow a member to purchase shares every meeting. Savings are maintained in a loan fund from which members can borrow in small amounts, up to a maximum of three times their individual savings when the group has enough loan fund.

SOCIAL FUND

Each group may also have a social fund, which provides members a basic from of insurance. The social fund serves  as a group safety net and may serve a member of purposed – such as emergency assistance and funeral expenses – for the group members and non-members (family members).

LOANS

Loan taking can be done whenever there is an available loan fund. Loans are for a maximum period of three months in the first year and loans may be repaid in flexible installments with a service change determined by the group.

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CoMSCA Network

Condell Foundation, FEED and ZSL started coming together towards promoting Community Managed Savings and Credit Association (CoMSCA). This gave birth to the formation of the CoMSCA Network in 2014 with a shared goal of enabling the poorest of the poor families in the Philippines to meet their needs through a holistic and effective economic development intervention. In the past five years, more development organizations and consortiums willingly joined the network; namely: PhilDHRRA, ICODE, UPVFI, PRDCI, Christian AID, World Renew, ADRA, Christian Blind Mission (CBM) International, Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc (LCDPFI) , Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation Integration and Empowerment for Visually-Impaired (ATRIEV), Foundation for These-Abled Inc (FTI), and De La Salle College of St. Benild – Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Institute (DLS-CSB-SBJHI).

Network Partners