Here at Africa Development Promise, a hero is not just a warrior who is strong and courageous, but also someone who cares about others, is willing to give of themselves to help others, gives back to their community, and shows qualities of a leader. For us, the heroes of 2016 are the women in our agricultural collectives.
Faced with the tremendous responsibility of caring for their families, rural women in East Africa spend most of their day farming in the open field, gathering firewood, collecting water, cooking food, and other household chores. As the men move to the urban centers in search of work, women are left alone with the sole responsibility of providing for their families. With the day, already so full of responsibilities; when can she find the time to earn money to invest in her families’ education, nutrition, health, and housing?
How does Africa Development Promise Support Heroes?
Africa Development Promise supports women who come together to form agricultural cooperatives and collectively purchase communal property to plant, harvest, and sell their crops commercially. This way, they can continue to farm at home so they can feed their families while also earning an income from the cooperative enterprise by sharing dividends. These women are now financially empowered which offers them more options and a sense of security. Although they face many daily challenges, the women we support have proven their resilience and determination in building better lives for themselves and their families. With the right partnerships-whether it is through material or financial support, or educational workshops and training-these women are taking charge of their own lives to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.
They are their own heroes!
Studies have shown that putting money into the hands of women has a positive long-term impact on the whole family- their health, nutrition, housing and education improves which helps decrease levels of poverty. That’s because when women are given financial control, they invest an average of 90 percent of earned income on their families compared to men who spend about 35 percent. The women we support are not only brilliant and capable, but their actions positively affect the community. When you support an Africa Development Promise cooperative, the impact is seen on a larger scale. The women pay it fo
rward and create a ripple effect where children, men, and whole communities benefit.
Since we started in 2014, we have served 164 women and ultimately supported 820 family members; purchased two greenhouses, built a women’s resource center plus a mushroom grow-house, provided several training sessions, and linked cooperatives to lending institutions and local government services.
The morning shift takes a break!
Support a Hero this Holiday Season!
Support a hero today by donating to Africa Development Promise where we focus on capacity building through educating farmers on how to manage cooperative enterprises efficiently. Using improved agricultural technologies to increase yields, growing appropriate crops, and harvesting and storing crops until the market is prime, Africa Development Promise supported cooperative members are on the road to self-sufficiency! Your donation is vital for the continuation of our goal of building pathways to economic independence for women farmers in Rwanda and Uganda.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
Monica LaBiche Brown