Donation Impact

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  • $50 trains two women to produce fair-trade and sustainable beauty products in Hidalgo, Mexico.
  • $100 supports an earthquake survivor in Nepal to start a microenterprise.
  • $500 ensures permanent water security to one family in Rajasthan, India.
  • $1,000 expands a sustainable rural enterprise in the Guatemalan highlands.
  • $10,000 supports a farmers network in Zimbabwe to continue to save seeds using Indigenous knowledge systems.
  • $20,000 supports an entire year of grant support to one of Thousand Currents’ partners in the Global South.

 

$50 trains two women to produce fair-trade and sustainable beauty products in Hidalgo, Mexico

In recent years, the semi-desert region in Hidalgo in central Mexico has been subject to severe environmental degradation and crop failure. With many men migrating to the U.S and other urban areas, women left with the responsibility of managing households single-handedly are bolstering their livelihoods. They join savings and credit groups and are supported in a fair trade artisanship program. With training in women’s rights, financial planning, and computer skills, women are working together in cooperatives to sell a range of beauty products and natural soaps all made from native, traditional plants, securing a contract with The Body Shop and producing 15,000 natural agave sponges every two months.

 

$100 supports an earthquake survivor in Nepal to start a microenterprise

Women in Nepal are setting the local economy in motion and helping rebuild the country. Along with training and support, small savings groups offer loans to members at a reasonable rate to encourage income-generating ventures such as raising livestock or leasing land to grow crops. Loan money is also used towards children’s education, health care, and household needs. Small groups providing women with the opportunity to earn and save are growing into larger, thriving savings and credit cooperatives that are completely owned and operated by the women themselves as shareholders – enabling them to advocate for a safe, more prosperous future.

 

 $500 brings permanent water security for one family in Rajasthan, India

In the desert regions of Rajasthan, India, where a shortage of drinking water is an ongoing challenge, a “taanka”- an indigenous rainwater collection tank or well – costing around $500 allows an entire family, like Pura Lal Devaji’s, to alter their path from survival to prosperity. Communities working together have regenerated thousands of acres of degraded land through soil and water management, small-scale irrigation, and sustainable agriculture – improving crop yields and nourishing the soil for future generations. 

 

$1,000 expands a sustainable rural enterprise in the Guatemalan highlands

Many indigenous families in the Guatemalan highlands practice subsistence agriculture. But increasingly, they are developing alternative sources of income in order to survive, such as organic agriculture, animal husbandry, and small business projects. People are addressing chronic poverty and malnutrition through sustainable rural enterprises that conserve the natural environment, ensure food sovereignty, and build capacity to successfully generate income that will support families and send children to school. 

 

$10,000 supports a farmers network in Zimbabwe to continue to save seeds using Indigenous knowledge systems

For hundreds of years, Zimbabwe small-scale farmers have been saving seeds for crops that sustain plants and animals. As this indigenous knowledge is passed from generation to generations, seed has tied communities together – helping them to preserve their culture and ensure food sovereignty. Instead of being pressured by big agribusiness to buy costly seeds or being forced to be dependent on international food aid, farmers are organizing so they can have the freedom to grow what they want and need and revive traditional agricultural knowledge to grow food.

 

$20,000 supports an entire year of grant support to one of Thousand Currents’ partners in the Global South

Thousand Currents funds, connects, and walks alongside the people, organizations, and movements that are finding solutions and making waves around the world. Thousand Currents develops long-term funding relationships with effective women-, youth-, and Indigenous-led organizations that we call partners. Our long-term, flexible grants, with no strings or conditions attached, enable our partners to be responsive to communities and focus on shared objectives rather than arbitrary time frames.

Grassroots Brilliance

Stories of our partners' impact

Grassroots Leadership | Latin America

Indigenous. Woman. Leader.

AFEDES makes sure these three words are found together more often.

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Grassroots Leadership | Latin America

Indigenous. Woman. Leader.

AFEDES makes sure these three words are found together more often.

Africa | Grassroots Leadership

Stepping into power

An emerging young women’s movement is continuing the work of the previous generation of women’s rights leaders in Zimbabwe.

Asia | Grassroots Leadership

Mobilizing millions

Rural women in Nepal are transforming the economic and political landscape in their country.