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Dig a Well, Plant Trees, Buy a TukTuk - 300 Widows

by Global Fund for Widows


Help dig a fresh water well & build a water storage tank for a small sustainable palm oil mill cooperative to support 300 widows & single mothers in Nigeria. Your donation also goes to plant 1500 palm trees on family farms, so that the environment is preserved. Then your donation will help widows buy 2 Tuk Tuks, which will help them transport their seeds to the mill, & pressed oil to the market, maximizing their profits. Water well, a tank, 1500 trees, & 300 lives changed

total goal


About 20 years ago, a small group of women formed a cooperative in a remote rural village in Nigeria, to purchase a small palm oil press, as palm oil is a key cooking ingredient in the region. The women harvested palm seeds from their farms, paid a Tuk Tuk driver to transport them to the mill, and then spent hours fetching 5 wheelbarrows of water from a distant stream in order to run the press. The women hope to dig a well and build a water tank at the mill to improve their profits and health.


We will first dig a well & build a water tank at the palm oil mill in order to spare 300 widows & single moms from the inefficiency & back-breaking task of fetching water to press their palm fruit into oil. Second, by purchasing 2 TukTuks, the women can transport the fruit & pressed oil themselves, cutting out an expensive middle man & improving their profits. Lastly, each program participant will receive 5 palm tree saplings to plant on their farms, our commitment to the environment.

Long-Term Impact

We believe in the Golden Rule 'She who has the Gold, makes the Rules'. By economically empowering widows and single mothers, we can give them a chance at extricating themselves out of poverty. When a widow has visibility in her income stream, the first thing she does is send her children back to school. Then she fixes her home. Then she reinvests in her business. Then she helps out her community, like installing windows at the school during the rainy season. Hence a virtuous cycle is launched!



Organization Information

Global Fund for Widows

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Heather Leathers
New York, NY United States
Donations: $220 raised ($5,000 needed)
Donors: 3 (40 needed)
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