Category: Country & People
The picture that won the "Country and People" category comes from the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. Katja Dörning has been working for German Sparkassenstiftung as a Junior Regional Coordinator in Bishkek since November 2020. The picture was taken in spring 2021 in the village of Kochkor in the rural Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan.
The picture shows one of the approximately 900,000 cows in rural Kyrgyzstan. On this land, farmers grow potatoes and keep their livestock. At the end of the field, the mountains of the Tianshan range rise into the sky. These mountains are over 4000 meters high, and the peaks are always covered with snow - even in summer.
In Kyrgyzstan, German Sparkassenstiftung is committed to promoting rural development and access to needs-based financial services. It advises the local partner banks and uses the Business Games to convey valuable know-how for agricultural enterprises and small businesses.
More information on project activities can be found on the project website https://www.sparkassenstiftung-centralasia.org/.
Category: Enjoying the Training
The second category " Enjoying the Training" was won by the picture from Mozambique, which shows a snapshot of an outdoor training session. The picture was taken by our employee Edson A. Madivádua, who has been working as a Business Games Coordinator at German Sparkassenstiftung in Mozambique since summer 2019.
The picture was taken in summer 2021 in Nampula Province, Mogovolas District, in the village of Nametil. It shows a group of members in the savings group of the partner organisation “Mãe Organiza” playing the interactive board game Savings Game. Due to the pandemic, the training took place outside and in compliance with the mask requirement. Despite the pandemic, the staff found a way to continue the project activities to further support the local people.
More details about the project in Mozambique can be found here: https://www.sparkassenstiftung.de/en/projects/worldwide-projects/detail/promoting-financial-literacy-222
Category: Financial Inclusion
The third category "Financial Inclusion" shows a picture from the Eastern African country of Rwanda. The picture was submitted by Angelique Ishimwe, who works as an Executive Assistant in the Rwandan regional office.
The photo was taken at the end of December 2020 in the Northern Province, Rulindo District. It shows Hosiane Uwizera, a smallholder farmer and her co-worker (in the background). The smallholder farmer is a mother of two and manages a small agricultural business and a farm.
German Sparkassenstiftung's Business Games have not only taught her valuable entrepreneurial skills but have also introduced her to the financial products available to her in the agricultural sector. In Eastern Africa, German Sparkassenstiftung is supporting a program to promote women in rural areas, of which Hosiane is also a participant.
More information on the project and the program can be found on the project's website: https://sparkassenstiftung-easternafrica.org/.
The numerous submissions to the photo competition will be used for German Sparkassenstiftung's public relations work in the future and especially in the upcoming anniversary year 2022.
German Sparkassenstiftung would like to express its sincere thanks to all participants.