Our program is located in Balasore, Odisha, one of the poorest Indian states. Our partner, Nari O Sishu Kalyan Samitee (NSKS), supports women’s self-help groups (SHG) that act as entrepreneurial support and microcredit lending groups. We built a work center supporting three women’s SHGs that manufacture incense, earning each of the women $50 per month, a nice supplement to their monthly family income.
In rural Kenya, we partner with Transfedha Microfinance, based in Bomet. We provide microloans and business training to help women start small businesses as means out of poverty. These women have been very successful opening produce stands and market stalls. One of the most profitable areas has been dairy farming, with women getting started in the milk trade and, eventually, using their profits to buy dairy cows.