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This International Women’s Day, we focus on the impact of supporting vulnerable young women from marginalized communities beyond the classroom, to learn and lead change as experts in sustainable business. 

When women have access to the same educational opportunities, land, capital, and support networks as men, their contributions create an incredible multiplier, making the world a better place for all of us.  It starts with education, and it continues with influential, independent women leading change.

CAMFED’s women leaders, who received the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award, are creating a sustainable future.

Your gift can support a woman and her community for generations...

Pupils from Zambia at school

 

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$15 a month can support a future leader to go to school and thrive.


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A CAMFED Association leader at a learner guide review meeting in Tanzania

 

$100

 

$100 can allow a woman to access training and support to start a sustainable business.


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Mwanaisha from Tanzania

 

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$160 can buy tools, tech or infrastructure for a woman to grow her sustainable business.

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Women’s financial independence and economic leadership transforms rural communities

Women entrepreneurs face more disadvantages. As a result, in 40% of economies, women’s early stage entrepreneurial activity is half or less than half of that of men’s.
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

If women and men around the world participated equally as entrepreneurs, global GDP could be boosted by between $2.5 trillion and $5 trillion.
Source: Boston Consulting Group

An increase to a woman’s income of $10 achieves the same improvements in children’s nutrition and health as an increase to a man’s income of $110.
Source: FAO

Now meet Mwanaisha:

Mwanaisha from Tanzania

Mwanaisha was raised in rural Tanzania, in deeply challenging circumstances. She was one of just five girls in her village to start high school, and - due to barriers including distance and poverty - she was the only one to finish. She then faced a feeling of responsibility to support her family and pay forward the benefits of her education.

In 2006, Mwanaisha joined other like-minded young women in the CAMFED Association. Through the network, she participated in life skills and business training. In return for volunteering as a life skills mentor (Learner Guide) and supporting children’s learning at her local school, she gained access to an interest-free loan.

Mwanaisha chose to launch an agriculture business and has become an expert in sustainable methods. These enable her to grow more produce, turn a bigger profit, and feed, employ and train more members of her community — all while caring for her land and the wider environment.

Mwanaisha’s impact on her community

Today, Mwanaisha is a successful entrepreneur, leading transformation in her community:

1,200

community members have attended agricultural training sessions run by Mwanaisha.

15

workers are employed by Mwanaisha at her farm - the majority of them are women.

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increase in yield per hectare that Mwanaisha has helped her neighbors produce.

Your gift today will help a young woman like Mwanaisha get started.

Pupils from Zambia at school

 

$15

 

$15 a month can support a future leader to go to school and thrive.


Donate $15 a month today

A CAMFED Association leader at a learner guide review meeting in Tanzania

 

$100

 

$100 can allow a woman to access training and support to start a sustainable business.


Donate $100 today

Mwanaisha from Tanzania

 

$160

 

$160 can buy tools, tech or infrastructure for a woman to grow her sustainable business.

Donate $160 today

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