Location: Sierra Leone
Grant Amount: $30,000
Grantee Website: onevillagepartners.org
Areas of Impact: Education, Gender Equality
Mission of OneVillage Partners
OneVillage Partners catalyzes transformation in rural Africa.
This project addresses the persistent challenges to women’s financial literacy and empowerment, which are systemic and complex in Sierra Leone. The NOW Program uses an entirely picture-based curriculum to equip women with life skills and community development tools to take control of their financial position in the household, open a business, and engage in civic life. In addition to practical skills, participants learn communication skills to interact with spouses and male family members to achieve personal financial goals and to shift behaviors about gender roles in the home and in the community.
Why We Love This Project
We love this project for valuing women’s voices in programming and for the highly effective picture-based curriculum. By involving husbands and families in problem solving, this community-based project is staying true to the values of social cohesion, inclusive leadership, gender equality, and resilience. When communities work together, they can truly move the needle on global gender equality.