Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee knows it takes more than a loan to end poverty. That’s why they help women start new businesses and address their holistic needs. Tikondane Positive Living Support Organisation provides business capital and a childcare center. These Firelight partners support women’s leadership and help them reinvest their profits so more girls go to school.
Our Advisory Council, staff and program consultants help us guide our partners through our seven year partnership. Their expertise and guidance helps Firelight partners to sustain their work in the long term.
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Aili works with our Malawi partners to help them plan for sustainability in their programming.
Tomaida helps community-based organizations strengthen their programs and operations.
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Wairimu strengthens local women's capacity to respond to challenges in their community.
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Wow. We have the best community! Last Friday, Fund: Her Village Venture closed with $15,000 for women in Malawi to launch small businesses and keep girls in school. It was a big success thanks to all of you. Now 100 women in Malawi are preparing to start their new business ventures. They’ll be enrolling in business training, starting peer support groups, receiving small business loans and setting up savings and loan groups to give back and keep girls in school at their local community organizations: [...]
One of the champions behind Fund: Her Village Venture is Gayle Ortiz. She’s a warm, smart and thoughtful business leader who’s been a part of our Firelight community in great ways. We told her about one woman in Malawi, Patuma, who started her own bakery a few years before and that we had plans to help more women launch businesses with similar support. Read Patuma’s story: Patuma Bakes: Women In Malawi Venture into Entrepreneurship Gayle, also a bakery owner at the amazing Gayle’s Bakery, signed up to [...]
There are only two days left in Fund: Her Village Venture and there is just over $5,000 needed to close this fund. One of our amazing donors wants to help us spread the word, but we need your help! For every new Twitter follower, we will receive $5 for Fund: Her Village Venture for up to $5,000. It’s that simple! If over 1,000 people tweet, we’ll meet our goal. So please ask your friends, followers and colleagues to help us out. We have two days [...]
We told you Patuma’s story in Fund: Her Village Venture. She’s the woman who started a home bakery that earns enough income to make sure her four children attend school and have three meals a day. We checked in with Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee to ask how Patuma is doing and heard things are going well. Patuma is using the savings earned from her bakery business to diversify. She wanted to make sure that her family was secure, regardless of the [...]
Women start their own businesses because it’s a long term, sustainable solution to ending poverty and supporting their families. That’s why we started Fund: Her Village Venture to help women in Malawi start new businesses and open doors for girls to go to school. Here’s a story from one of our Fund Advisors, Tomaida Banda, in Zimbabwe. Tomaida works with many women launching their own businesses so when she’s excited about a story, we’re excited too. Margaret’s Story: Empowering Women…with Chickens A young woman named Margaret living [...]
All contributions to Fund: Her Village Venture will be distributed equally between the two participating African partners. Firelight will share a final impact report with donors to show how the funds were used and the impact they made.