Eternal Beauty Team, Kigali, Rwanda
Eternal Beauty is not only the name of our newest water team in Kigali, Rwanda, it is the perfect description of the powerful and lasting impact our programs have in vulnerable communities in East Africa.
Did you know that Global Grassroots programs are internationally celebrated for their sustainability? All water ventures created by Global Grassroots teams are still in operation and we have the highest water venture sustainability rates in our region. Of the 17 water ventures we have launched since our founding, 100% are still operating and financially self-sufficient, directly serving 75,000 people with clean water and other social services. Our oldest venture, run by mostly illiterate women, now serves 9,000 people in its 11th year of operations. The team leader is a mother of eight with only a first-grade education. This year she will see her eldest, a girl, attend university – the first in her family.
What makes us so successful? Global Grassroots operates at the intersection of four spheres, including personal transformation and trauma-healing, social entrepreneurship, international development, and women’s empowerment. Through grassroots partnerships, wise and remarkable women who have never had the opportunity to advance their own ideas, including those who are war widows, subsistence farmers, single mothers, genocide survivors, former sex slaves and forced combatants, those living with HIV/AIDS, and those with little to no education, are given the training and resources they need to create life-changing sustainable water projects.
Over the last decade we have learned that when women manage their local water access, the lives of women and girls are eternally changed. Further, a Women’s Water Leadership Initiative provides a sustainable source of income that allows our social conscious change leaders to pursue other social issues. Through our program, women demonstrate their value to their community, earn a livelihood, benefit other women and children, and realize their leadership potential, creating ripples of measurable outcomes including impacting gender relation; creating more time for economic pursuits; reducing and often eradicating water-related sexual violence and exploitation, making sure more girls are able to attend school regularly and on time; and reducing or eliminating water-borne illnesses.
Now that’s what I call eternal beauty.
Please join us as we continue to support these remarkable women making sustainable changes in their communities. We can’t do it without you.
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