Lift Up Africa village visit July 4, 2013
The Village net thanks all of our supporters who have helped through Empowering 300 Women and the project to meet emergency food and water needs of the most impacted in Mwaani and Suswa. The funding was met for emergency food project and thank goodness this last year has been more generous with rain in our village areas. Water is such a critical need always. We are working with other partners to help meet the ongoing water needs which contributes to improved health, ability to spend hours on more productive outcomes than spending hours a day in some cases, fetching water. This project was actually partnered with Empowering 300 Women in order to make the investments have higher pay offs…empowering the women and children through better education opportunities. If food or water deprivation exists, it normally would have long term impact on health and productivity/ability to provide livelihood in long run.
Empowering women entrepreneurs has helped increase the loan size and grow businesses which have increasing chances to add employees and provide employment—spreading the opportunity and contributing to economic development. In addition, more children go to and stay in school, more and more nourishing meals are possible, some new housing is emerging, possibly some of these children benefiting from this will be able to go to college...all this helps stress the importance of education and literacy and training. That has been combined with increased training to help make the businesses more productive. Donors have helped out to the tune of almost $12,000 which has been a huge help. Our audacious goal has $20,000 remaining. That amount is needed to begin to meet the larger infusions for loans to grow businesses of the 80 active borrowers in Mwaani and the 80 in Suswa. The training that has been going on has been made available to 75 in Suswa alone who want to be part of the program but aren’t able to participate due to the loan fund needing expansion.
The Village Net has determined an excellent way to leverage our donors’ investments of time and money and work toward sustainable program to meet our goals “To empower women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa through microloans, education and healthcare to break out of poverty to secure thriving, sustainable futures for themselves, their families and their villages” is to join forces with Lift Up Africa. Lift Up Africa will be TVN’s fiscal sponsor which will free us to concentrate on building the program and securing more funding. LUA’s model is working well in Kenya where our programs are focused now.
We were able to build a sustainable model in Ofankor, Ghana by transitioning the program to LUMANA who has demonstrated in the year and a half since transition that that was a win-win move for the program participants and all involved. Our donors can see that their initial donations continue to grow in a sustainable program. We feel we have the good fortune to have a route to achieving a sustainable program in Kenya now with Lift Up Africa. LUA relationship will open many more avenues of raising funds—building the loan fund and get more engaged in being able to work with other partners and resources to help in the whole process. How this plays out with Global Giving, Lift Up Africa will apply to be on Global Giving specifically with one of its funding projects to be the TVN program. We are hopeful that this can continue the Empowering 300. We’ll let you know how to find us to continue following what a difference your support is making.
We are committed to empowering women to sustain their family’s ability to survive and thrive. Huge thanks for your continued support and dedication. It does take a global village and YOU to make this happen.
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