Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Dec 9, 2014

Market Win-Win for Businesses and Community

Mistletoe Market brings holiday sales to vendors
Mistletoe Market brings holiday sales to vendors

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) held its fourth Annual Mistletoe Market on Saturday, November 8th in El Dorado, Arkansas. The event that began as an idea to give local businesses an opportunity to sell their products has quickly grown into one of the communities’ favorite and well-anticipated holiday events. With over 1,400 shoppers and over 50 businesses coming from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, the 2014 Mistletoe Market was the largest to date. The shoppers always compliment the wide variety of products they have to choose which ranges from hand-crafted items to baked goods. This year there were several new additions for the shoppers to enjoy such as a hot chocolate bar, a chance to win two Seaport airline tickets, and free trolley rides. If you missed out on this wonderful holiday event, details of upcoming events and Mistletoe Market 2015 will be posted on Mistletoe Market’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/arkansas.mistletoe.market.

Since the AWBC is staffed by only two people, it depends and relies heavily on volunteers with event and projects like Mistletoe Market. The AWBC is grateful to have so many wonderful people who support its mission. With the AWBC in its fifth year of operation, it has provided over 300 business owners with one-on-one training, held over 10 successful Operation JumpStart classes, and in 2015 will offer two Operation JumpStart classes in northern Louisiana. Your donation demonstrates how much you value small businesses and allows the AWBC to further achieve its mission by helping countless more women business owners be successful. For more information about the AWBC visit Facebook page: www.facebook.com/arkansas.womens.business.center.  

Nov 5, 2014

Women advising women farmers

We are pleased to share with you that the five 2013 Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund awardees have made satisfactory progress during their first academic year. Moreover, in September, 10 additional scholars were selected, bringing the total number of Dowswell scholars to 15. The new awardees are: Mrs. Keita, Mrs. Niare, and Mrs. Dembele for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mali; Mrs. Berthe, Mrs. Karambe, Mrs. Togo, and Mrs. Diarra for a diploma degree in Mali; Mrs. Sati, Mrs. Iember and Mrs. Regina for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nigeria. We are grateful for the generous support from our donors. Your donations will allow us to double the number of Dowswell scholars during the next calendar year.

Oct 21, 2014

Room to Learn celebrates National Girls' Education Day in South Sudan

Student with her school bag from RtL
Student with her school bag from RtL

On August 15th, Room to Learn (RtL) South Sudan joined members of the Ministry of Education Science & Technology, development partners, and school girls to celebrate National Girls’ Education Day in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The theme of this year‘s celebration, “Educate Girls for Participation in the Development of South Sudan," emphasized enhancing behavioral change with a particular focus on girls’ education. While addressing the gathering, Hon. Manase Lomole Waya, deputy governor of Central Equatoria State, stressed the importance of girls’ education, as well as preventing gender-based violence and non-inclusive cultural practices that hinder girls’ education. The deputy governor also emphasized the need to enforce community by-laws if girls are to be protected from cultural biases that restrict their ability to learn.

Room to Learn donated 20 school bags, along with text books, to the girls for excelling in the South Sudan Primary School Leaving Examination.

Manuela, a 14-year-old beneficiary, said the program inspires girls to study. “I am very excited as the books will help me improve my reading and I will use the bag to carry all my books. Rain will never destroy my books again,” she said. “I encourage my siblings and other girls like me to enjoy education and become better women in the future."

 
   

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