This latest grant allows us to complete the Farmers of the Future site at Galbal, combining the income-generating project for mothers with the children's programs already in place. The women in the village of Galbal will graft fruit trees for sale in the local market, which is a very profitable business. The revenues from the business will generate about $500 per mother, a substantial increase in income for people who live on less than $1/day. The revenues will also cover all operating expenses for the tree nursery, and pay school fees for all 600 children in the village.
|The above photos are from a tree-grafting training session in Niger|
We don’t often tally up how many lives are changed by our work. To change even one life is to change the entire world, right? But from now on, we’re going to quantify how many lives will be changed. So here are some numbers for your consideration. As a result of this generous grant:
- one sustainable business will be created;
- 20 women will be lifted out of extreme poverty and be able to feed and clothe their families;
- and primary school will become free for all 600 children in the village.
THANK YOU ROTARY!
And as always, we are looking ahead. John and Judy are working on an even larger grant from Rotary. By combining contributions from Rotary Clubs in Colorado, New Jersey and Canada, and adding matching funds from Rotary International, we hope to fund a tree nursery for mothers at Gonzare (our third pilot school in the Farmers of the Future program) and a vegetable garden for mothers of students at Ecole Centre, which will likely become our fourth pilot site. The project will create two more sustainable businesses, generate much needed income for another 40 women, and provide free education for over 1,000 additional students. We'll have more news on this exciting new grant this summer, so stay tuned.