100% of all donations are used to fund grants offered to women artisans. Applications for the Grassroots Grants Program are accepted in the fall of each year and funds are distributed in December. If you or your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please email us at email@example.com and we will send you the application packet.
Here are some success stories from our program.
Kalpana Mondal lives in Bawali, India, a small village outside of Kolkata. She is a team leader for a sewing cooperative that includes several women from her village. The women meet weekly at Kalpana's home to sew together, to pick up projects to work on through the week in their own homes, and to turn in completed projects from the previous week. Rain or shine, they work together on a covered patio attached to Kalpana’s home. A home in this village is about 12’ x 12’ so working inside is not an option. Kalpana applied for a grant to cover several basic items which will make their work easier including; a large table and chairs so the sewing group will no longer have to work on the ground, a new sewing machine, an iron, a storage cabinet for extra materials, and mats to cover the floor during rainy season.
We were able to fund her entire request and further improve their working conditions!
Qato O’ib is a cooperative of Maya women living in Solola, Guatemala. The women are master weavers and embroiderers and also sew many types of bags. They are home-based artisans who work between caring for their homes and families. Sadly, their children are often ill because the water is not clean enough to drink. When the children are ill their mothers cannot work.
This group was awarded a grant to fund most of the cost of supplying water filters to the homes of every member of the cooperative. Each member had to pay only a small portion of the cost, using money earned from selling their crafts. With filters to assure clean drinking water the children will stay healthier and the women will not lose income critical to keeping their families out of poverty.
Chenla and Reaksmey’s Metal Workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is one of the production sites of the Recycled Bombshell Jewelry line from Buy The Change (retail). These artisans transform remnants of war (brass bullet casings and bomb shells which litter the countryside and riverbeds in Cambodia) into beautiful peace-themed jewelry pieces.
The group asked for safer torch equipment to melt the reclaimed brass into bars, and a gas powered mangle (flattening) machine. They had been using a hand-cranked machine which took hours to flatten one bar of brass into a thin sheet, from which they cut and craft beautiful pieces of jewelry.
New equipment has made their workshop safer and greatly increased their production capacity. This will increase income and quality of life for their entire family.
Project Feeding Hope is a non-profit meal service provider in Montrouis, Haiti that feeds over 150 children, elderly and disabled people every day. They have a team of cooks and volunteers who work diligently to keep the operation going to support their community's most vulnerable population. They also support many local vendors with ongoing food purchases despite their very limited funds.
The founder of Feeding Hope applied for a grant to get a gate installed and to add tables to increase capacity. Their grant request was funded which has made a huge improvement to their feeding center, making their efforts to feed their community a little easier.