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Global Impact builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people. Serving both private sector and nonprofit organizations, we provide integrated advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; as well as fiscal agency and technology services.
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization works towards bettering the world by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities, including CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and World Vision. Through these partnerships, Global Impact meets real needs with real results by supporting programs focused on clean water, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education, environmental sustainability, global health and child survival, human trafficking, hunger, malaria, and women and girls.
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Accion’s mission is to give people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.
At Accion, their vision is to build a financially inclusive world – one in which every individual has access to high-quality, affordable financial services. Accion builds sustainable, scalable microfinance institutions that support different services; such as education, industry training, technical assistance and more. They believe education is integral to the long-term success and sustainability of the microfinance industry, they provide business training and financial literacy programs. In addition, Accion prepares them to become leaders and managers in the industry through specialized training programs, workshops and exposure visits. Accion help’s microfinance institutions by providing early provide early-stage equity, quasi-equity financing and loan guarantees to help microfinance institutions become independent of donor funds, build their capital base, attract deposits and attain financial leverage.
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Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Heifer International contributes to the growth of small and growing businesses (SGBs) in low income countries through the development of pro-poor, wealth-creating value chains in the agriculture sector.
Our model recognizes that markets play a pivotal role in achieving our mission to end poverty and hunger, while caring for the Earth.
There are over 500 million small farms in the world, and smallholder farmers, most of them women, produce 80% of the developing world’s food. By organizing large numbers (up to 10,000) of smallholders at the community level, and providing them with training, equipment, technical support and access to finance, Heifer International and our partners co-create sustainable, small scale enterprises at multiple points along agricultural value chains, from input to consumption.
Heifer International works in partnership with farmer groups, community-based organizations, corporations of all sizes, foundations, governments and bi- and multi-lateral donors. Our work generates and strengthens SGBs in over 40 developing countries, through value chains in beef and dairy, goat meat and milk, fish, pork, fruit and vegetables, eggs and poultry, nuts, coffee, wool and fiber, spices and honey. We help smallholder farmers build their businesses, create jobs, supply their communities with goods and services, and—most importantly—improve their lives through higher incomes, better nutrition, improved land, water and animal management, and the creation of strong social capital.
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Mercy Corps mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. In more than 40 countries, they partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, helping them overcome adversity and build stronger communities. Since 1979, their work has improved 229 million lives in 115 countries around the world.
Mercy Corps believes the most effective way to unlock economic opportunity for the poor is through a potent combination of ingredients: The power of hope, determination and the innate desire to build a better life, coupled with expert interventions that create jobs, start businesses, develop value chains, increase incomes, improve access to essential goods and services, and help economies recover after crises.
Mercy Corps identifies market systems that are not working for the poor and tailor solutions so that young people, women, smallholder farmers, and other vulnerable groups will benefit from growth. Their programs focus on these groups because they suffer disproportionately from poverty and also because they consistently demonstrate their willingness and ability to extend to others the gains they realize in their own lives. Mercy Corps believes that even in the world’s most challenging places, people have the power to transform their own lives when they have the right resources.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps; Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps
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By providing financial solutions and training, Opportunity International empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities
Thirty years ago, eradicating extreme poverty seemed impossible - more than a third of the planet lived in extreme poverty in 1990. Since then, open markets, free trade, and key interventions like microfinance have lifted more than 1.1 billion people out of extreme poverty - the equivalent of130,000 people per day for the last three decades. Now, instead of one in three, only one in ten people in the world live on less than $1.90 a day. No generation before us has been so close to eradicating extreme poverty.
However, as we approach the last mile in this global effort, our pace is slowing. Today, we face the challenge of reaching those at the very bottom of the economic ladder - those who are most excluded, and have not yet been reached through the traditional poverty alleviation efforts of the last three decades. Those who need us to innovate, and become smarter and more intentional with our philanthropy. Those who have been waiting generations for their opportunity.
The good news is that we now have more collective knowledge, more technology, more resources, and more willpower than any other generation in history. By working together, each of us fulfilling our roles in which God prepared in advance for us to do, we can make this the era that we end extreme poverty, for all.
Join us in this global movement, and let's work together to shape a world in which opportunity is universal. Your support will deliver financial services and training to those who need it most, including women, farmers and educators, empowering them to build sustainable livelihoods, invest in their children 's futures and ignite transformation throughout their communities.
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Global Impact currently does not have a rating with Charity Navigator. However, until May 2015 we maintained a three-star rating with this organization. The reason for the change is not due to poor performance, but rather is due to the fact that Global Impact recently changed our operating model, which changed how our financial statements are structured.
Since Charity Navigator’s methodology compares current financials to previous financials, and the comparative financial information has changed based on the new model, they cannot appropriately rate us at this time. We understand that we will regain our rating within two years when our new financial statements can be compared to a previous year.
Global Impact’s financial performance, transparency and credibility as strong as ever. Please see our BBB and other ratings for assessments of our performance.
Poverty compounds mankind’s worst dilemmas.
Eradicating it would mean an end to much of the world’s hunger, childhood mortality, violence, social injustice and ecological destruction.
Globally, 734 million people live in extreme poverty with less than $1.90 a day. Economic development at the individual, community and country levels is critical to driving true and lasting change.
Children are disproportionately affected by poverty - they comprise half of those living in extreme poverty.
Women are more likely to live in poverty and earn 20 percent less than men globally.
While global poverty has decreased in recent years, it continues to rise in 30 countries.
To end poverty by 2030, 1.5 people need to escape poverty every second.
The Global Impact Economic Development Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business, international organizations focused on economic development in the developing world.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide microfinance programs, training programs that foster entrepreneurship, business-building programs, asset recovery and protection services, and income and growth investment packages around the world.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to improve economic development around the world.
WHERE WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO
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Twice a week, Falodun Riskat made the seven-hour round trip journey to a farm in a neighboring state to buy live poultry. Then, at the crack of dawn each remaining day, she carried four cages full of chickens, cockerels and turkeys through the hot, crowded passages of the Awolono Market in Mushin, a sprawling open bazaar in the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. She barely had time to see her children, much less make sure they went to school. Repeat this times 20 years, and you’ll get a better sense of what Falodun’s life used to be like.
Then one day Falodun heard about Global Impact charity partner Accion’s work with Accion Microfinance Bank through a market storm (a coordinated barrage of loan officers going stall to stall to hand out promotional leaflets about their institution’s services). In 2008, her days changed for the better when she received a U.S. $840 loan to expand her business. Falodun was able to acquire more animals and supplies, thus minimizing her time on the road and the resulting losses she experienced from the extreme heat that sometimes killed her chickens in transit.
Today, Falodun is also able to breed a few birds herself. She has given her business the name “Ilunu Livestock Venture.”
With fewer trips to the neighboring state, Falodun has more time to care for her two children, and while she did not go to school herself, she is making sure her children do. Nestled between long rows of cages in the fowl market, Falodun tells us the biggest challenge her business faced was not having enough capital. Today, that is no longer the case.
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Jean Leriche lived with his family in Port-au-Prince and worked as a driver for many years. When his driving contract ended he decided to go back to his village in Nippes, in the South. Before moving to the city of Port-au-Prince, he was a farmer, and he was glad to go back and do what he loved best.
When Leriche returned to his village things had changed. Thanks to help from Global Impact charity partner Heifer International, the community had transformed and they were implementing agricultural activities that offered economic benefits for the whole community, not just individual farmers.
"When I met Heifer, my primary motivation for participation was that they were offering sustainable solutions," Leriche says with a wide grin. "Heifer projects not only reflected the reality on the ground, but also a broad vision of sustainable development to the entire community."
Fifty-eight-year-old Leriche believes that, since agriculture is the primary source of income for most rural Haitians, families need more motivation and training to be able to develop a better country for their grandchildren. "Goat production is an economic boost for me and my five children because it is faster and easier to sell a goat for urgent needs," he says.
Heifer Haiti helped Leriche construct a goat breeding center in the Charlier community. He currently has 41 goats and is expecting about 16 kids in a few months. He hopes to have more than 100 goats this year. He considers himself a renowned businessman with a permanent source of income, and he is creating job opportunities for other people in the community.
"The training sessions I attended have helped me create a business plan and take care of my animals' health," he says. "Now I make use of all my land, most of which was idle before I started working with Heifer."
He is convinced that the Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti project, or REACH, has the right strategic vision for the Haitian people and he is happy that the activities are executed with professionalism and enthusiasm by the Heifer team. He prays every day that many more people will benefit from the project to transform the community of Charlier.
At the end of our time together, Leriche said, "Thank you Heifer International Haiti!"
All content courtesy of Heifer International.
“Women have aspirations, they just don’t necessarily see the opportunity to pursue them,” says Julie Koehler, Director of skills and trainings program in Afghanistan for Mercy Corps, a Global Impact charity partner.
In Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan, opportunities for women are especially rare.
A 10-year ban on female education, put in place by the Taliban in 1997, devastated the area’s education system. An entire generation of women was left illiterate and lacking the skills to teach the next generation—or earn a living for themselves. And decades of severe gender discrimination, conflict and political upheaval have resulted in few job and educational opportunities in the region, leaving local families—notably women— undereducated, impoverished and without opportunities to earn income.
That’s why, in March 2011, Mercy Corps worked with local communities to start INVEST (Introducing New Vocational Education and Skills Training), a program designed to increase practical skills education and employment opportunities for men and, for the first time, women.
Now three years after we started INVEST, there are five training centers for women and over 19,500 Afghans—31 percent of them females—have graduated from INVEST courses with in-demand skills like computer literacy, English, carpentry and sewing. Through three- or six-month classes, students receive social skills education to help them learn important job skills like working with others, technical training, mentoring and resources to find a job or start a business upon graduation.
“It is important for girls to have an education,” says Benafsha, a teacher at one of our INVEST schools. After graduating first in her INVEST class, she was asked to return as an instructor because of her dedication and enthusiasm. Benafsha believes that if women are given the skills they need to earn just a small amount of money for themselves, they can become leaders in their families and communities.
Of course, any change like this is not sudden or easy. The education of girls remains controversial in Helmand, and women still face extraordinary restrictions in their daily lives. Women must get permission from a father, brother or husband to enroll in INVEST and they cannot leave their homes without a male chaperone. Any interaction with a man who is not a member of a woman's family—at the market, on the street, at school—is forbidden.
The extreme isolation, danger and lack of freedom that women face make attending school or working outside the home nearly impossible. But with INVEST, Mercy Corps is working to make a change in culturally-appropriate ways that give women new opportunities while keeping them safe from potential backlash.
At INVEST’s women-only training centers, students may choose from handicraft, computer, English or college preparation courses. Since most women are not allowed to work in public, classes for skills that can be used in the home, like sewing and embroidery, have the largest enrollment. These skills are also considered the most acceptable kinds of work for women in Helmand.
Seema, an INVEST graduate, started a home-based embroidery business just one month after completing her vocational training in embroidery. She now earns enough to feed her family of five—and experiments with new designs in hopes of expanding her business. She’s planning to increase her customer base by selling her products at the new all-women’s market, which Mercy Corps opened last summer with the blessing of the community.
While Helmand remains an extremely complex and volatile place, Mercy Corps is committed to helping communities realize the power of education for every member of a family, regardless of gender. Through INVEST, entire families in Helmand are now earning more income, building stronger livelihoods and finding new opportunities. The success of women in INVEST is a clear indication that although they lack resources, women in this region do not lack motivation. They are hungry for opportunities—and their communities are slowly starting to see what can be accomplished when these hopes are realized.
Photo credit: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps
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Wang Hong never imagined that she would be managing her own business, let alone a factory, after losing her job at a grain management office in China. The company announced a restructuring and Wang Hong was laid off shortly afterwards, leaving her and so many other women without a source of income for their families. Undeterred, Wang decided to start her own small business making baseball caps. As her orders increased, she quickly realized she needed more helping hands if she was going to keep up with demand. Wang began hiring other laid-off workers, primarily women and the elderly, who were left behind by their industry and community.
Wang's production continued to grow, but the need for more capital hindered her ability to expand the business and realize its full potential—until she partnered with Opportunity China. She received business training to optimize her finances and a loan to invest in her business, giving her the working capital she needed to make her vision for the business a reality. With her loan, Wang was able to build a new factory, buy additional sewing machines and hire more workers to increase her cap production. Although she was proud of the thriving business she had built from the ground up, Wang knew her success would mean nothing if she did not help ease the burdens on women in her community.
In order to support her employees, many of whom who were mothers, Wang set up a place in her factory where young children could stay while their mothers worked. Not only has Wang helped bring these women dignity and purpose, she has also impacted their children by providing them with a safe environment where they can spend more time with their mothers and make new friends. With perseverance and strength, Wang forged a better life for herself and those around her—a great reversal of fortune. She plans to continue serving the women in her community who are looking for opportunities to work, learn and grow.
All content courtesy of Opportunity International.