Together we can empower individuals in Africa who are interested in creating small businesses. This will give them the opportunity to get out of poverty and help in the development of their community through boosting economic development. We will provide small loans for business investments as well as training and coaching to entrepreneurs in the rural areas of the Maritime Region in Togo. In February 2021, we reached our initial funding goal of USD 10,000 and we have now raised the target.
Action10, HR&S and our partners constantly seek to gain knowledge that can help us improving our projects and long-term positive impact. To gain and share more knowledge, one of Action10's volunteers, Freja, conducted a field study to learn more about women working with agriculture. One of the main challenges identified is the current drought conditions which negatively affects their ability to work and to earn income. Moreover, climate change adds to this challenge, especially for smaller scale agriculture which is more dependent on specific rain seasons. Apart from the decreased income, this also causes stress and makes it more difficult to plan ahead.
The bright spots are that there are methods that can partly solve these challenges. In Kenya, for example, they use methods to preserve water in the soil, plant trees to lower the negative impact climate change has on the agriculture process, and use crop rotation. However, although there are temporary solutions, the farmers are in need of organisations that possess local knowledge. Organisations that can provide a marketplace to increase demand for the farmers' products are also critical.
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