Association Fran├žois-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB is a non-profit organization created in 1989 by Albina du Boisrouvray in honor of her son François-Xavier Bagnoud. Present in 14 countries with a staff of 450, its mission is to provide the most vulnerable families with the tools and support they need to become self-sufficient. Through 4 main domains of intervention, namely Community Development, Health, Education and Protection, FXB positively impacted over 17 million children, men and women across 20 countries.

The main goal of its Community Development Program, called FXBVillage, is to fight extreme poverty and allow extremely poor families to reach socio-economic autonomy within three years. This Program simultaneously addresses five predominant drivers of poverty: lack of nutrition, health, education, housing and income. This integrated approach provides a single response to the multidimensional causes of poverty.

Each Program lasts three years and serves 80 to 100 families (around 500-600 people). Through the delivery of essential services, FXB ensures that families are thriving and children reach their full potential.

The key driver to break the cycle of poverty over the long run is economic empowerment. FXB provides a small start-up capital and promotes financial inclusion so that program participants can secure a portfolio of Income Generating Activities (IGAs).  The new IGAs allow families to gradually earn enough income to provide for their daily needs and become socially and economically self-sufficient.

As participants’ abilities to meet their basic needs increase, FXB gradually lessens financial support to encourage self-sufficiency. FXB families continue to thrive after the program completes.

Since 1989, FXB International has completed almost 200 Community Development Programs, FXBVillages. It has helped more than 85,000 people escape extreme poverty. In order to measure the impacts of its methodology, FXB has implemented a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system, which has been developed and refined by an experienced team of field staff, specialists, and experts from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

FXB’s mission is not about charity. It’s about releasing human potential and bringing dignity back in people’s life. Then and only then, the vicious cycle of extreme poverty can be broken with long-term results.

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