Change a Girl's Life Through Microentrepreneurship

by Reach Out Cameroon (REO) Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified

Summary

The Keep A Girl Alive project enables girls at risk to become economically independent through cash transfers for the creation of small businesses. For a bit more than 50$, you can put a girl on her way out of poverty. Since the program started we have helped 156 girls with 205 business grants.

$58,985
total goal
$6,367
remaining
505
donors
6
monthly donors
6
years

Challenge

Poverty and lack of sexual education make girls pay high costs for one mistake. Early pregnancies put them out of school, then they find themselves without support from their sexual partners, their families, or both. This perpetuates the cycle, men hold higher economic status and women find themselves without bargaining power, they don't decide when or how sexual encounters happen, more pregnancies and STIs follow.

Solution

The project focuses on helping girls from vulnerable backgrounds make it out of poverty. We do this through business grants (where the majority of your donation goes) and continuous orientation. More economic support is given at different stages, as she grows. We check on all our girls monthly or bi-monthly and this partnership only ends after complete removal from poverty. We also coach them on Sexual Health and Sexual Rights.

Long-Term Impact

A girl starts her businesses with a grant of about 50 dollars, and after a bit of trial and error, she is generating about 65 dollars a month. She keeps growing to improve on her businesses and to take care of her feeding and her family, with reduced stress levels, she takes better decisions and becomes independent of men. She eventually becomes a role model and helps develop her community: helps others, feeds her children and herself better, and brings about economic growth.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Learn more about the girls we help
our website
our twitter

Organization Information

Reach Out Cameroon (REO)

Location: Buea, South West Region - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​ www.reachoutcameroon.org
Project Leader:
Njomo Omam Esther
Executive Director
Buea, South West Region Cameroon
$52,618 raised of $58,985 goal
 
823 donations
$6,367 to go
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