PROGRAMS + IMPACTS
WE SUPPORT A RANGE OF PROVEN PROGRAM TYPES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING:
Community Water Access
women for water initiatives focused on community water access provide reliable drinking water and water for productive use to communities – saving women time, improving family health, and reducing incidence of violence during walks to water sources.
women for water initiatives that focus on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) address taboos related to menstruation, support entrepreneurs in relevant business ventures and provide young women with the ability to attend school during menstruation. Such initiatives improve health, privacy and dignity.
WASH Enterprise Development
women for water initiatives support community members, and particularly women, in mobilizing their own WASH enterprises, including latrine production and sales and MHM-related ventures. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Business Skills Development
women for water pairs water-based activities with business skills training and resources to support community members, particularly women, in starting and managing their own enterprises. Such activities include capacity building, mentorship, acccess to microfinance and land rights advocacy support.
Sustainable agriculture is a focus of the women for water platform because of the high percentage of women farmers in the agricultural industry, particularly in Africa. women for water initiatives equip farmers, particularly women, with the resources and training needed to overcome barriers to agricultural productivity.
Whole Person Leadership
In additional to the enterprise-related training that the platform provides, women for water prioritizes personal development of women through support related to conflict resolution, mindfulness and overall well-being.
Targeted results by end-2020:
- 50,000 women and girls reached through improved WASH and life skills development
- 500 communities uplifted
- Provides reliable drinking water and water for productive use
- Saves time, improves family health, reduces incidence of violence during walks to water sources
- Equips women farmers with resources and training to overcome barriers to agricultural productivity
- Strengthens resilience in climate variable contexts
- Provides young women with the ability to attend school during menstruation
- Improves health as well as privacy and dignity
Small Business Creation
- Training and resources that enable women to start and manage their own enterprises
- Capability building and mentorship, ranging from business skills to conﬂict management
- Access to micro-ﬁnance
- Land rights advocacy support
Phase I funding integrates initiatives and scales-up impact in target Sub-Saharan African communities across:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
On a global scale, half of the people who drink water from unsafe sources live in Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 24 percent of the population have access to safe drinking water. Based on this extremely high need, Phase 1 of women water strategically focuses on key communities in sub-Saharan Africa – aiming to reach 50,000 women and girls through improved WASH and life skills development across 500 communities by the end of 2020. Phase 2 simultaneously identifies and coordinates other geographic and partner priorities to scale-up impact in critical regions globally beyond 2020.
A partnership snapshot – Global Grassroots
women for water and Global Grassroots are providing women-led water ventures in Rwanda’s Jali Sector with the resources needed to help transform their communities.
With reliable access to clean water closer to their homes, women in this community:
- Reinvest their time into other productive activities, including enterprise and education
- Experience less violence both in fetching water and at the home
- Benefit from improved health and the ability to provide their families with more nutritious foods