Filter

Projects

Book Binding Project

You can support Diana and her savings group by contributing towards the purchase of raw materials like adhesive and book binding needles, or you can help her train more women from the community make work books. There are hundreds of women across Jinja interested in starting livelihoods projects like Diana’s. You can help them reach their goals by providing general support to livelihoods development in Jinja.
Support Diana by contributing towards the purchase of raw materials, help her train more women, or support livelihoods projects like Diana’s for women across Jinja.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1136,1133"] [gallery columns="2" ids="1134,1135"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="9" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Jinja Materials Training Centre

For the organized urban poor problems are opportunities. The elders in the Jinja Federation, concerned that so many of their youth were unemployed, hit upon the idea of manufacturing building materials themselves. That is how the Jinja Materials Workshop was conceived. Before long the Jinja Federation constructed a building materials workshop where youth from Jinja’s slum are trained to manufacture affordable and eco-friendly building materials. The site has now become a learning centre for the manufacturing of innovative, climate-friendly building materials. At the same time it gives local youth valuable skills training and small but regular income from the sale of their products. But more than half the youth in Uganda’s second largest city are still unemployed and there are many public facilities and houses to be built. Joseph Serunjogi and the federation in Jinja need help to make that happen, and in other parts of Uganda, more Federation groups are requesting support to start similar income-generating projects of their own.
You can support Joseph and the Jinja Federation by contributing towards training more youth in the Jinja Materials Workshop, or you can help the Uganda federation extend this project to other cities where the demand for youth employment, public amenities, and houses is just as high.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1277,1278,1279,1280"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="0.4478565999999999" lng="33.2026122" styles="_flat_map"]

0%

$0

Craft Beer Widows

When we visited the Craft Beer Widows at their tavern in Jinja, it was packed. But it is one thing manufacturing and producing enough beer to live from hand to mouth. It is another thing to create a sustainable small business. The Craft Beer Widows need your support to purchase ingredients like millet, sorghum, and yeast, to upgrade their equipment, and to provide training to more women so that they can take their production and sales to the next level. In addition, there are hundreds of other women in savings groups across Jinja who have been inspired by the Craft Beer Widows to start their own livelihoods projects and need your support to get things started.
Support Joyce and her savings group by contributing towards the purchase of millet, sorghum and yeast and beer brewing equipment, or you can offer livelihood support for other women in Jinja interested in starting small businesses like this one.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1281,1282,1283,1284"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Kikoy Making

Kangas and Kikoyis are very popular forms of clothing throughout East Africa. Kikoyis are known for their beautiful colours, and Kangas are known for the messages (“jina”) that are printed along their borders. There is a common Swahili Proverb that says “a woman can’t be happy until she has a thousand Kangas”. Rahma and her friends have given this saying a twist, saying that “a woman can’t be happy until she can make and sell a thousand Kangas” While Rahma and her savings group are doing their part to meet this goal, they need your help to make it a reality.
You can help Rahma and her group by contributing towards the purchase of raw materials such as cotton and dye or towards new sewing machines, or you help other women in the savings group to start kikoyi & kanga businesses of their own
[gallery columns="2" ids="1208,1209"] [gallery columns="2" ids="1209,1211"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Kombo Settlement, Vinguguti Household Sewerage Connection

To date, 44 households (230 people) have been connected to the Simplified Sewerage System. The Vinguguti sanitation project has made a world of difference in the lives of the 230 people in the community with improved sanitation, but there many more people who need to be connected.
You can help improve health, hygiene, and dignity for the members of Lucia’s community by supporting 1 household to connect, 10 households, or 50 households.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1148,1146"] [gallery columns="2" ids="1147,1137"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-6.8364766" lng="39.2388495" infowindow="Vingunguti is an administrative ward in the Ilala district of the Dar es Salaam Region of Tanzania. According to the 2012 census, the ward has a total population of 106,946" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Chamazi Housing Project

The community has gained skills and capacity in housing construction – a good thing, as over time, more people have moved to Chamazi and the need for housing has continued to increase. The community in Chamazi has a lot more houses to build. They need your support to purchase materials and train community members in the necessary construction skills to build durable homes.
You can support Rose and her community by assisting with raw materials, with the training of a community contractor, or by supporting the construction of an entire home for a family.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1213,1215,1217,1218"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-6.891319699999999" lng="39.2261845" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Mukuru mobile merchants

For these women, their market stall remains the heart of their enterprise and they need help to increase its prominence. You can support Mukuru’s Mobile Merchants directly by contributing towards new stall signage. The Kenya Federation is made up of women’s savings schemes across Nairobi. There are hundreds of Somali women in Mukuru settlement and in informal settlements across the city inspired by the story of these women. These women need support to start market stalls and mobile vending businesses of their own. You can support women in Mukuru or Nairobi at large to start vending businesses of their own.
You can support Mukuru’s Mobile Merchants by contributing towards new signage for their stall, or support women across Nairobi to start vending businesses of their own.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1221,1219"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-1.3142744" lng="36.8715978" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Stoneridge Transit Housing

The Arlington evictees joined about 3,000 other families who were also resettled at Stoneridge, a plot of land that was once a farm on the outskirts of Harare. About half the families were allocated plots without any basic services, while the others were told to wait. As part of relief efforts, the federation is providing wooden cabins as temporary shelter while families negotiate and save for a longer-term solution. Because the land lacks basic services, a borehole is also needed in the newly occupied section of the land in order to provide water for the relocated households.
You can help Alice by contributing towards the cost of materials and construction of her transit home. You can also offer support to the community so that boreholes can be sunk, community construction teams can be trained and building materials can be purchased.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1222,1224"] [gallery columns="2" ids="1226,1227"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-17.8251657" lng="31.03351" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

School Uniforms

Employment is often hard to come by in Zimbabwe, and many savings group members struggle daily to make ends meet. In response to this need, Linda wants train other women in her savings group who want to start similar businesses to support themselves and their families. In addition, the savings group has initiated a project to provide school uniforms to children whose parents cannot afford to do so. They believe firmly that no child should miss school because she does not have a school uniform.
Linda needs your help to purchase an industrial iron and over-locker. You can also get involved by paying for one child to get a school uniform or for budding entrepreneurs to be trained to set up similar businesses.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1228,1229,1230,1231"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-17.8251657" lng="31.03351" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Masala Market Sanitation Unit

The Masala Market is one of the busiest markets in Zambia. There are 3,000 traders, including fish traders, restaurants, agro-products vendors, carpenters, fruit and vegetable sellers and hardware suppliers to mention a few. An estimated 30,000 shoppers pass through the market each day. Because of this, the need for adequate sanitation facilities, namely toilets, is very high. In response to this need, Mary and her savings group decided to combine their savings towards the construction of a public sanitation facility for the market. The sanitation facility will be next to the Main Masala Bus Station, which serves passengers arriving from across the country, and will be owned and managed by the community. You can help Mary and her savings group by donating towards the purchase of doors, toilet seats and wash basins for the facility, or you can contribute towards the cost of maintaining the facility. Of course, the need for safe, hygienic sanitation is one that extends across Zambia. We invite you to contribute towards the replication of this project in other settlements and cities across Zambia, too.
Help Mary and her savings group by contributing towards the purchase of construction materials or maintenance costs for the Masala Market Sanitation Facility, or support the federation replicate this project elsewhere.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1232,1233,1242,1243"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-12.9906407" lng="28.6498144" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Lusaka West Solar Project

A number of unplanned settlements, such as Lusaka West, do not qualify for basic services from the government. This includes such essential needs as housing, toilets, recreational facilities, roads and electricity. This project aims to increase access to basic services through the provision of solar household systems (SHS) in Lusaka West. Not only does the project help households overcome energy poverty, the project will also improve environmental quality. Lusaka West is home to hundreds of families, and Letty’s savings group will not be able to meet all of their energy needs on their own. They need to support to acquire more solar kits, train the community to use the kits optimally, and support training and equipment for solar technicians to install and maintain the solar technology.
You can support the installation of one household solar kit, training on use of the solar kits, or training and equipment for the solar technicians.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1234,1235,1236,1239"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-15.3875259" lng="28.3228165" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Kawama Incremental Housing

It has been a long road for these Mamas. First, they had to struggle to secure their land. Then they had to contend with numerous attempts by others to take over their projects. Slowly but surely, though, they are achieving results. With the land now secured, the federation has begun to build affordable homes on the plot. Housing construction is done in an incremental manner to ensure affordability. Both one and two bedroom houses will be constructed, as dictated by the need of each household. Once construction has been completed, federation members will be able to access loans from their savings groups to extend their houses as their families grow. Linda and her fellow members have been molding cement blocks by hand and using them to construct their houses. Their problem is that as demand for houses grows, they still only have the most rudimentary tools: one simple mold, which means they can only make a single block at a time. You can help Loise and her community by contributing towards the purchase of building materials such as cement, essential equipment like overalls and wheel barrows, or the training and certification of community construction workers. You can also help the community to dramatically improve production by contributing towards the purchase of a hydra-foam block-making machine.
The Kawama community needs construction materials, more trained construction workers, and a block-making machine to more effectively improve peoples’ lives.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1237,1238,1240,1241"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-10.1405607" lng="28.6308547" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

8 Mile Football Club

When the youth expressed an interest in soccer, she helped them find vacant land and secured permission from the local authorities to use it as a sportsground. She sees this as a brilliant way to keep the kids out of trouble and create positive and affirmative structure in their lives. That is how the 8 Mile Football Club was formed. A little bit of help and already almost 30 children are ready to join the local league. You can help these 30 children by contributing towards the purchase of small equipment, such as soccer balls, team jerseys and boots; or towards large equipment like goalposts for the soccer field. Across Namibia, other Federation groups have been inspired by this project. You can contribute towards these groups’ efforts to start their own youth sporting and cultural organizations – creating a ripple effect from this project in Windhoek across Namibia.
You can support the 8 Mile Football Club by purchasing team uniforms, soccer balls, and football boots, contributing towards goal posts and other large equipment, or by providing funds to help other youth groups starting sporting and cultural organizations of their own.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1244,1245,1246,1247"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-22.5608807" lng="17.0657549" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Freedom Square Water Services Installation Project

The residents of Freedom Square, like over 1 billion slum dwellers around the world, simply do not have access to municipal services. The residents conducted a household-to-household survey to establish what the priority need was in Freedom Square. Water was the community’s overwhelming priority. Following the survey, a mapping exercise enabled Freedom Square residents to re-organize the layout of the homes and businesses in their settlement to create space for water services. Once this was done, the Freedom Square community negotiated with the city: if city authorities provided a hook-up to the bulk services of Gobabis, the community would install the smaller pipes to link households to the water grid. This is where Moses comes in. It is his job to link the households in Freedom Square to the main water grid for Gobabis. This is a big job, and many more Barefoot Plumbers are needed to make it happen. You can help Moses pass on his knowledge and skills by contributing towards a training program to produce 20 new barefoot plumbers in Gobabis. Not to mention the need for pipes, tools and other technical equipment needed for installation. In addition, there are countless other communities across Namibia in need of water services. You can help these communities by contributing towards water service projects across Namibia.
Support Moses and the Freedom Square community by contributing towards the training of 20 Barefoot Plumbers, the purchase of equipment and tools, or support water projects across Namibia by contributing towards the replication of this project in other cities.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1248,1252,1254,1256"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-22.3990179" lng="18.9739954" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Tuerijandjera Settlement Profile

Enumeration of the Tuerijandjera settlement is part of the broader Namibia Community Land Information Programme (CLIP). As part of this programme, the Namibian Federation has conducted community-driven slum profiles and enumerations in over 250 settlements across 110 urban / emerging urban areas throughout Namibia. Door-to-door collection and verification of data by community members produces a wealth of rich data that is invaluable to communities' negotiations with local authorities around development plans and priorities. Enumerations need to be updated regularly to remain relevant to the community and city government. The Tuerijandjera federation needs materials, technology, and training in order to be able to keep their community’s data up to date. In addition, there are hundreds more settlements across Namibia that still need to be counted. You can support the Namibian federation with training and materials to replicate these data collection exercises in cities across Namibia.
You can help Tuerijandjera and other communities get on the map by donating towards the training of enumerators. You can also contribute to the purchase of GPS devices, clipboards, paints and pegs.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1150,1151,1152,1153" orderby="rand"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-22.3990179" lng="18.9739954" ]

0%

$0

Future Education

The majority of the women in this settlement are employed as domestic workers. They leave home early and come back late, generally leaving their children home alone as there are very few childcare facilities in the area. Because of the great need for child care in the community, Ewethe’s crèche is open from 7am and runs three classes from age 1 through 6 years old. Because Ewethe wants to make sure that the crèche is accessible to as many families as possible, her rates are very reasonable. As such, it is hard for her to meet all the creche’s needs. To continue serving her community Ewethe needs to purchase a number of items for the crèche: she needs a stove in the kitchen, AstroTurf in the playground, and toys, tables and chairs in the classrooms. In addition, Ewethe would like to establish a food garden in order to improve food security for children in the settlement. Of course, there are thousands of other kids in need of affordable childcare facilities like Ewethe’s. You can assist other savings groups to start similar businesses by contributing here.
You can help Ewethe and the children in her crèche by purchasing equipment and furniture for the crèche. You can also get involved by contributing towards the establishment of a food garden, or the replication of this project in other settlements and cities across Namibia.
[gallery columns="1" ids="1250,1253"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Havana Youth Library

Every Sunday, the Havana Youth Group meets to discuss how they can develop themselves and their peers in Windhoek’s slums. One of their challenges is the fact that the closest library is quite a distance from their settlement. This means that children often have to study at home, but most houses in the settlement do not have electricity - making it hard for children to study after dark. This project seeks to address these challenges by building a library in Havana. Using shipping containers, the youth have planned to build a community library powered by solar energy where children, youth, and adults can meet to study and learn close to home.
You can help by contributing towards the purchase of two shipping containers, which will house the library. You can also contribute towards resourcing the library with a solar energy system as well as books, computers, chairs and desks.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1257,1258,1259,1260"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Jaguar Bakery

Francina’s bakery is expanding, and she needs an upgraded, industrial oven and resources to train more people in order to expand her business. In addition, there are hundreds of other women in savings groups across Johannesburg who need support to start small businesses of their own.
You can support Francina by contributing towards new equipment for her bakery, the train of more women to work at the bakery, or you can assist the South African Federation to help hundreds of other urban poor women by supporting the replication of this project in other settlements with a contribution towards livelihoods projects in South Africa.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1261,1262,1263,1264"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="28.9285745" lng="77.09149350000007" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Ruimsig Solar Project

Before Albert set up the energy hub the residents either relied on dangerous and unhealthy alternatives like paraffin lamps or connected illegally to formal houses, paying exorbitant amounts for this risky and dubious privilege. Seeking a safer, more affordable energy solution for his community, Albert hooked up with the South African Federation to procure appropriate technology and train community members as hub operators. To date, 75 households have had solar home systems installed in their shacks, providing energy for lighting, radio, TV and cell phone charging. Albert and his fellow community leaders aim to connect all of Ruimsig’s households to Solar Home Systems, eliminating the risk of fire entirely from the settlement, but they need more trained technicians, and some families are too poor to purchase the systems. You can assist the Ruimsig community by contributing towards the training of more technicians, and the purchase of Solar Home Systems for the settlement’s poorest residents. In addition, there are hundreds of other communities that are energy poor just as Ruimsig was. You can assist the South African Federation to replicate this project in other settlements by contributing towards energy justice projects in South Africa.
Support Albert to train more solar energy technicians or purchase a Solar Home System for Ruimsig’s poorest residents, or support the replication of energy justice projects in South Africa.
[gallery columns="2" ids="1295,1296,1297,1298"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-26.0819964" lng="27.8633774" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Tinasonke Housing Project

The residents in Tinasonke have lived for many years in unsafe makeshift shelters made of scraps of wood and tin. Cynthia and the other women in her community decided to do something about this. They joined forces with the South African Federation to start saving money towards safe, secure homes for their families. Cynthia and her fellow federation members are doing their best to construct homes for the hundreds of families in her community still without homes, but the federation needs more Barefoot Architects to get houses built faster and building materials are too costly for some of Tinasonke’s poorest residents. In addition, there are hundreds of other communities across Johannesburg living in overcrowded, unsafe homes vulnerable to floods, fires and extreme temperatures. You can assist the South African Federation to replicate this project in other settlements by contributing towards housing projects in South Africa.
You can help Cynthia and her fellow federation members train more Barefoot Architects, contribute towards building materials for Tinasonke’s poorest residents, or help more families across South Africa build formal homes.

Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-26.459383" lng="27.8604472" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0

Streetfood Sisters

There are thousands of other women in Mariam’s settlement and across Dar es Salaam in desperate need of the skills and resources to establish their own small businesses. Thanks to the Tanzania Federation, Urban Poverty Fighters like Mariam can reach out to fellow slum dwellers in over 75 informal settlements across Dar es Salaam.
Help Mariam and her fellow UPFs train urban poor women to stand on their own two feet by learning how to run small street food vending enterprises themselves, or you can provide start-up capital for similar initiatives in other settlements in Tanzania.
[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="1026,1015"]
Map [om_gmap zoom="12" lat="-6.9072964" lng="39.3413753" styles="_retro"]

0%

$0