Train 6 Young Female Leaders in South Africa

by Lima Rural Development Foundation Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

Young female leaders are dynamic change-makers in rural communities! Lima plans to provide accredited training and a gender-focused life skills workshop for 6 highly talented young women of color working in the challenging field of rural development. These passionate young ladies are impacting disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa. This project will create a path for their professional growth through management skills development, with the support of woman-to-woman mentorship.

$7,712
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$5,895
remaining
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0
monthly donors
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Challenge

Women's economic empowerment in South Africa is greatly undermined by financial and family obstacles, and South African women also face gendered barriers to rising up a career ladder that strongly favors men. Given the country's complicated socio-political history, these issues are especially challenging for young women of color, who are committed to professional growth but lack management-track learning opportunities and meaningful, representative mentorship.

Solution

To propel their career growth to a higher level, this project will bring 6 highly motivated young women out of the field to receive college-level training in financial management, advanced proposal writing, and goal-oriented team leadership. The group will then participate in a woman-to-woman weekend workshop led by a gender specialist, where they will engage in a "safe space" to discuss shared experiences and challenges and generate tactics for success in their personal and professional lives.

Long-Term Impact

This project will bridge the management skills gap for 6 young women who have clearly demonstrated passion and commitment to their work in rural development, but who face obstacles to progressing further in their careers. By providing female-centered mentorship, fellowship and support, this project presents a real opportunity to invest in their long-term professional growth, as well as to address some of the unique challenges faced by these young South African women of color.

Resources

http:/​/​lima.org.za/​
Lima receives 2017 Standard Bank Top Women Award
Short video about Lima's work with rural women

Organization Information

Lima Rural Development Foundation

Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​lima.org.za/​
Project Leader:
Amy Thom
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal South Africa
$1,817 raised of $7,712 goal
 
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