Groups of women from a community, typically 50-100 women, pay a small amount (equivalent to a few US cents) into a common revolving fund to establish a partnership. Those funds are added to a one-time sponsorship from someone like you. The women then work together in multiple local entrepreneurial projects. Each woman uses the fund to purchase supplies, then replenishes it plus a contribution from sales. The funds thus grow over time. When the women’s groups are sufficiently successful, they sponsor additional women’s groups in other villages.

Alec Johnson chartered the first of these groups in April 2012, and there are now over 250 of these groups in the area.

Provide $100 of seed money to sponsor another women’s group. Bootstrap indigenous business, making more local business opportunities economically feasible and contributing to the local economy.

Pawoda Umvoru women's group: demonstrating pot-making

Pawoda Umvoru women’s group: demonstrating pot-making