Project #237 | Water Venture Accelerator for Female Change Agents in Rwanda
Our partnership with Global Grassroots
In post-conflict East Africa, women and girls still walk an average of nearly 4 miles daily to a contaminated source to collect water where they are at risk of assault and triggering domestic violence at home. Women have less time to generate income and girls miss part of the school day, falling behind; many drop out. Grassroots women know best what their communities need but have the fewest resources to create change. The most enduring ripple effects occur when local women put their ideas into action. Global Grassroots’ holistic approach enables women to become mindful leaders of community transformation.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Global Grassroots to invest in the construction of a new water source, increasing access to clean and sustainable water for more than 2,500 people in rural Rwanda while also empowering the venture members to provide critical social impact training. Global Grassroots, together with its female change agents, plans to provide households with training on income generating activities, gender equity, nutrition, and/or domestic abuse prevention.
Our Collective Impact
Total People in Households Receiving Training
People Receiving WASH Education
People Receiving Clean Water Access
Eugenia is a mother of six children ranging from ages 3 to 14 and a widow struggling to make enough income for her family. Her first two children dropped out of school to support the family, which deeply distressed her. The Global Grassroots Unite Jali Team witnessed her challenges and wanted to help by providing two jerry cans of water per day to the family along with liquid soap that the team had learned to make themselves. Eugenia went on to help deliver water to other single mothers for a fee as her own business. Through this relationship between Unite Jali and Eugenia, she was able to save 500 Rwf (Rwandan Francs) per week in the Nyamitanga savings group.
With her savings and a loan from this savings group, she started her own livestock business with one pig. Her business has since grown and she now has 12 pigs that she expects to sell, which will earn 400,000 Rwf for herself and her family. Eugenia shared that she now feels more confident and hopeful about life. She is particularly thankful that her first two children have returned to school. She says, “I have been able to make money from water delivery because the water source was trusted and near my community. Global Grassroots Team Unite not only changed my life, but also my entire family. My children are happier and can think, hope, and work towards their future.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
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