“With patience you can overcome problems” – Micro-credit in Ghana

The Northern Ghanaian region of Tamale is one of the country’s most vulnerable areas. Poverty is wide spread and despite working full weeks, many of the local inhabitants fail to earn sufficient income to ensure a decent living standard. The majority of the people are engaged in petty trade, with no future investment prospects. The […]

From £9 to £67 a month through loans – Uganda

Casual labour, limited income, malnutrition and no ability to affect their situation – this is the reality of the majority of the citizens in the rural areas of Western Uganda. Life is especially difficult for young, disabled mothers. Being seen as a financial burden to their family and with no support of public services, the […]

Saving turtles creates income in Nigeria

Background For the 2,000+ people living in Akassa, Southern Nigeria, turtle hunting and turtle egg hunting provide their only means of livelihood. Many of whom are poor and unskilled with large families of 6 children on average to feed and look after. The extraction of the local resources has led to the local forest and […]

Computer training for women in slums

In Chennai, one of India’s fastest growing cities, over 29% of the population live in the slums. Very few people in slums have toilet or any access to water in their home. The majority travel at least 500 meter to get drinking water. Young women in these slum areas do not have the opportunity to […]

Rearing Fish to create income and protein

In Machakos County, Kenya, the main livelihood has been small scale, subsistence farming for generations. However, over the last decade, the effects of climate change have led to long droughts with little or no rain for months. This has raised poverty levels and hunger in local communities. The burden of feeding families falls on women. Now […]

Knitting bags to get kids back to school

In the South Indian state of Andra Pradesh, young women and mothers often face extreme living conditions and struggle to ensure a better future for their children. They lack any education or vocational training enabling them to earn a substantial income. The state’s economy is mainly based on agriculture and livestock. The poorest part of […]

Loans to end child marriage in Cameroon

Background In the Boyo district in North West Cameroon, traditional customs prevail, making it common for girls to be forced to marry at an early age. The families are often made up of between 6-8 children and the access to education is limited, especially for women. The Project Together with PAORP Cameroon, Tzedek is funding […]

“Everyone respects me now”

We have sent a questionnaire to our partners to see what further impacts our funding have on women’s lives. The results were astonishing! Here’s a testimony from Mrs. Jayanthi Kumari, aged 28. The Project “This was a one year project with our partner HNC in India which ended in November 2011. Thanks to Tzedek’s funds, […]

Ending child marriage in India

Remote communities in West Bengal struggle to feed their families. Parents living in extreme poverty often tend to sell their children or marry them at an early age to earn money. UNICEF reported that West Bengal is one of the Indian states with the highest incidence of child marriage. Child labour and child trafficking is […]

Supporting children’s education in India

In the South Indian state of Andra Pradesh, young women and mothers often face extreme living conditions and struggle to ensure a better future for their children. They lack any education or vocational training enabling them to earn a substantial income. The state’s economy is mainly based on agriculture and livestock. The poorest part of […]

Escape with Buffalos

Women in Andhra Pradesh, India, are often trapped by their employers by accepting loan they cannot afford to repay. This is a type of slavery – bonded labour. The women are forced to work for the ‘employer’ and repay the debt which continues to mount with very high interest rates. Driven by poverty to seek […]

Discover our beneficiaries

Hirsh Cashdan, Tzedek’s Overseas Projects Team’s Chair, was delighted to visit in October a few of our partners in Bihar, India. He had a great opportunity to visit our beneficiaries and see how they’re doing. Our current partner BOARD is now running a micro-credit project for 310 beneficiaries. BOARD’s local office in Fatuha – a town […]

Education is key

Endemic poverty is typical in some areas of Tamil Nadu. This is especially the case for young girls and women of the Tiruvannamalai district whose parents rely on seasonal agricultural work; unreliable incomes mean unreliable lives, and so the daughters of these parents tend not to go to school and instead enter the same cycles […]

A hand up for Dalit women

In the farming villages of Tamil Nadu, India,many families live in extreme poverty, their income at the mercy of the monsoons. For up to six months a year they can earn 50p a day working on farms, but then the rains come and strip them of what little livelihoods they have. In these months, families live […]

Overcoming floods in India

Women farmers from Sundarban region, West Bengal, have to battle floods which restrict their yields to just one plantation a year. In fact the heavy monsoons mean that there is only enough work for four months of the year. During the rest of the time they are forced to migrate and work for other people, […]

Helping blind students in Kenya

Many people with disabilities in Kenya fail to become independent not because of their disability, but due to inadequate access to specialized services or equipment. Blindness can be especially frustrating among young students unable to work and therefore dependent on their families. Having attended special schools for the blind they have learnt to read and […]

Helping HIV victims out of destitution

In Nyarach village, near the town of Rongo in Kenya, there is a large population of widowed and destitute women who cope with HIV and AIDS in addition to the daily struggle of their poverty. Their income is sporadic, and they struggle to support their children.  A baseline survey undertaken by Jitegemee, the Kenyan non-profit […]

Business training in India

In the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, social status, dignity and financial stability are hard to come by. The most vulnerable members of society, the tribal poor, have no access to amenities, stable incomes or methods with which to escape this entrapment. The Project The New Entity of Welfare Society (NEWS), receiving funding from Tzedek […]

Employment for the lowest caste of India

In the Viluppuram District of Tamil Nadu, India, there are large groups of impoverished women. They raise their children alone, on incredibly low incomes and on very little food. Migration away from this area is commonplace, however there is little to show that they will find employment elsewhere. Belonging to the lowest caste of Indian society, […]

Tripling womens’ incomes

Many young women in Tamil Nadu, India, grow up without access to much education, and with the expectation that they will work to assist their family’s income. In Eggur Krishnagiri district, adolescent women are forced to work long, arduous hours as incense makers and Beedi (a type of cigarette) rollers. This work is poorly paid […]

Small rural businesses in Ghana

Rural women in Tamale have a difficult life of endless household chores and little time to dedicate to generating an income. They and their families are living below the poverty line, barely surviving. Children’s school resources or family healthcare is out of their reach. Women need to supplement their husband’s earnings in order to afford […]

Growing Out of Poverty

In Karur District, Tamil Nadu, the average mother earns less than 63p a day. Many of these women have to support two children with this little money. This is made harder by the fact that many of these women are widowed, divorced or destitute, and therefore have to care for their children alone. Furthermore, very often the […]

Skills and Enterprise

Work in Tamale, in the north of Ghana, is available only seasonally, as farming is one of the major sources of work for unskilled labourers. With no income available for the remaining months of the year, workers often move to the south in search of jobs which simply do not exist. A Market exists for […]

Nursing training in India

Endemic poverty is typical in some areas of Tamil Nadu. This is especially the case for young girls and women of the Tiruvannamalai district whose parents rely on seasonal agricultural work; unreliable incomes mean unreliable lives, and so the daughters of these parents tend not to go to school and instead enter the same cycles […]

Training the youth

In the Patna District of Bihar 75% of the population lives below the $1.25 a day poverty line. A large percentage of young people are involved in unskilled labour and have no opportunity to get good schooling or otherwise make progress in life. On top of this, low literacy rates, large family sizes and deeply […]

The problem with “flying toilets”

In the Kiambiu slums of Nairobi, Kenya, the disposal of faecal waste is a serious environmental and health issue. Due to the lack of an appropriate waste management system, the people of the slums often use what is known as ‘flying toilets’ – a colloquial term that describes the act of defecating into a plastic […]

Escaping hunger in India

A four year long drought continues in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. This calamity is especially affecting the poor in rural areas. The drought leads to a lack of food in rural areas and there is a famine intensifying in the region exacerbating the poverty of the rural poor. Dalit women, subjects of […]

Goats for Development

Many families from Kasangalabi Village in Uganda face significant hardship. Single mothers with 3-10 children to feed are forced to work long hours in agricultural work. The majority of people living in the village are subsistence farmers; when a husband or father dies many women and their children are left destitute as they have no […]

Youth employment in India

Youth unemployment in Bihar, India is a serious concern. According to the 2011 census it stood at 31%. More worryingly, by the beginning of 2013 there were nearly 2 million unskilled youth registered as unemployed. Due to a lack of education and vocational training the prospects are often bleak for these young people, meaning that […]

Nutrition in Uganda

Food scarcity has led to a massive increase in malnutrition among children in Uganda. Health experts believe that this is mainly due to lack of access to food due to extreme poverty. There has also been an increase in the spread of communicable disease over the past years. Lack of hygiene, sanitation and availability of clean […]

Helping women sustain their families

Many women who live in the district of Moshi in Kilimanjaro are either single mothers or young mothers. There has been a wide onslaught of HIV/AID in this area, which has led to an increase in outward migration of men. Women are forced to take on economic roles to sustain their families. The immediate repercussion […]

Agriculture project in Kenya

In Rongo, Kenya, there is a large population of vulnerable widow women, often mums, who struggle to put food on the table because of HIV/AIDS. Family expenses are very high and even sending children to school is sometimes hard as the education system in Kenya requires cost sharing between the government and citizens. Therefore the beneficiaries […]

Sustainable income for single mums

In Bundibugyo, Uganda, many widows and single mothers find themselves involved in illegal activities such as selling poached meat and collecting firewood from the national park, in order to support themselves and their families. They often turn to moneylenders, who abuse the women’s financial and sexual vulnerability, to receive loans. These women are in desperate […]

Life as a female refugee

Dzaleka camp was established in 1994 by the UNHCR Agency in response to a huge wave of displaced people fleeing genocide, wars and violence in African countries including Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, Ethiopia and Somalia. This camp is currently home to around 22,000 refugees. The camp is currently struggling with feeding the population as the majority […]

WDA – WOMEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

WDA ran a tailoring training in dress making for 20 women from Kigoma, Tanzania. Simon Leigh raised money for this project when he climbed the Kilimanjaro a few months ago. Here’s a summary of the project that have come to an end recently. By the end of the project the trained girls started working as […]

Micro-credit loans avoid trafficking

In the Malda District of West Bengal in India, poverty is not just a word it’s a way of life. UNCIEF reported that is has the high rates of child marriages in India, and it’s not unheard of for parents to try and sell their own children. Child labour is common and trafficking poses a […]