Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change is a social venture incubator, which provides 18 months of conscious leadership and social venture training, seed grants and high-engagement support to help grassroots change agents in Rwanda develop their own "micro-NGOs" benefiting other women and girls.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Rwanda's 1994 genocide, nearly 1 million were killed and hundreds of thousands of women raped in 100 days. In the aftermath, women were left to assume the roles of men in mending communities. The poverty and gender inequality these women normally face were compounded by the physical and psychological impact of the violence. As caretakers of their communities, women have valuable insights on social change priorities, yet have access to minimal resources to initiate effective solutions.
How will this project solve this problem?
Emerging change agents among Rwanda's most vulnerable women will receive 18 months of social venture skills training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support to launch their own solutions for social change. Global Grassroots' overarching goal is to support conscious social change, driven by and for marginalized women at the grassroots level.
Potential Long Term Impact
In 2013, we will host our next cohort of 5-8 teams working specifically on water issues and the many levels of impact on women and girls as a result of limited access to clean water, including sexual exploitation for delivery, water-borne disease, missed school, lack of time for other economic pursuits, malnutrition and domestic violence. Each water venture serves on average 1500-2500 others, especially vulnerable women and girls, and provides avenues for women to become local leaders.
Total Funding Received to Date: $46,135
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $76,865
Total Funding Goal: $123,000