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2021 Headline KPIs

We’re delighted to be able to share our latest headline KPIs with you ahead of their public release. They show that in the last year alone, CAMFED supported over 866,000 girls in education — both in schools and during periods of closure brought about by COVID-19. Much of that support was provided by our alumnae network of educated female change-makers, the CAMFED Association, membership of which grew to more than 207,000 over the same period. Our holistic model emphasizes providing recent CAMFED school graduates with the tools they need to transition successfully out of school and, in 2021, more than 47,000 young women received this support to build lives of agency and financial security.

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International Women’s Day

Many of our young women leaders represented CAMFED on the world stage on International Women’s Day 2022. Association member Esnath Divasoni — an agricultural engineer, Earth University graduate and entrepreneur — joined other distinguished guests to take part in a panel discussion hosted by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In conversation about women’s leadership in climate action, Esnath said:

When women are educated and they have their potential in all kinds of leadership roles, often even alongside men, we often have greater climate resilience and greener livelihoods we are providing to our communities. Families can survive rather than suffering with hunger. And we can have more innovation and more environmental protection.

 

Watch the full discussion on YouTube
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The Power of Women’s Leadership

To mark CAMFED Association membership passing the milestone of 200,000 members, we were joined in conversation at our Education for Opportunity virtual event by CAMFED Association member Salma Dhliwayo and our Executive Director for Zimbabwe, Dr. Shungu Gwarinda. The discussion centered around the power of women’s leadership and talking about the effect of first encountering CAMFED Association members at a critical moment in her life, Salma said:

That togetherness and inclusivity in terms of their leadership, it offered an opportunity to change the way I viewed life […] I could be whatever I wanted and not apologize for it. And that spark they ignited, it led me to making a difference in all the communities that I have worked with so far […] This fire kept on burning, and it’s still blazing.”

Watch the event on Vimeo
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Fairtrade Foundation Certification

A partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation will allow CAMFED Association members trading in shea butter in Northern Ghana access to internationally-recognized certification that guarantees quality and ethical standards. The pilot supports CAMFED’s strategic focus on expanding Association members’ enterprises, allowing them to both maximize the benefits of their education and better support following generations of girls.

The Fairtrade certification has the added benefit of an assured pricing scheme, helping women entrepreneurs weather volatile market conditions, and certified businesses will also be supported to adopt sustainable farming methods to maintain productivity in the face of climate change.

Aside from the 10 permanent staff that are employed, I also work with 500 women in 10 communities around this area to improve their livelihoods.” — Ayisha Fuseini, CAMFED Association member and Shea Butter Entrepreneur

Read more about our Fairtrade Foundation Certification
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Greater Share

A new philanthropic investment model seeking to transform education for children in under-served communities has selected CAMFED among eight organizations from a shortlist of 4,000. Greater Share is harnessing the expertise of the world’s top private equity funds and linking it with NGOs that are successfully transforming how children in marginalized communities are able to learn. Greater Share’s fund-of-funds model encourages investors to commit capital that is invested across a number of high-performing private equity funds. Investors will then donate the majority of their capital gains, and the private equity firms will also donate their fees and share of profits.

Discover Greater Share's philanthropy model

We thank you for being a leader in our global community.

Together, we are igniting a chain reaction of change in some of the most marginalized communities in the world. We look forward to being in touch with more news in the Summer.

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Connor Dunn $35

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Rebecca Hamann $65

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