Healthy Savings for Better Reproductive Health in Bénin: Client Outcomes Study Baseline Report

August 2018
Alison Burgon Bardsley and Bobbi Gray

Unmet demand for family planning in Bénin is acute.  Grameen Foundation, in partnership with two local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in Bénin—APHEDD (Association pour la Promotion de l’Homme, la Protection de l’Environnement pour un Développement Durable and FADeC (Femmes Actrices de Développement Communautaire)— is working to integrate family planning support into APHEDD and FADeC’s existing Savings Group programs, in a new project called Women’s Savings Groups for Better Reproductive Health in Bénin which seeks to advance opportunities for rural women and their husbands to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.  This report outlines the results from a baseline assessment completed prior to the project roll-out and overall finds low usage of contraceptives, very little dialogue between the women and their spouse about family planning but a belief that women should be able to plan for and space their children.