In 1972, Greenwich Village welcomed Labyris, New York City’s first female bookstore. The founders of the store aimed to make the space a place of activism surrounded by selves of literature by women. Soon the popular, “The Future is Female” design accompanied the bookstore and the safe space it afforded women. This week at The Pollination Project we highlight the work of women in Cameroon as they are trained in ecotourism practices, women in Ghana as they work together to establish a financial foundation through basket weaving and women in Kenya who practice veganism to best support their livelihoods. Alongside their male counterparts, these women are investing their time and visions into bettering the futures of their community.
We ask for your help as we welcome our seven newest grantees to The Pollination Project family!
Dorcas Asige Apoore, Women’s Basket Weaving, Bolgatanga, Ghana. Aimed at eliminating poverty, women are trained in best business practices and basket weaving, allowing them to work together to harness the power of synergy.
Ngabwe Austine Wisley, Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Nairobi, Kenya. Refugees and local women use vegetable farming and vegan practices to sustain their livelihoods.
Ntonifor Charlie Ambe, Providing Permanent and Safe Drinking Water to the Mabeta Community of Southwestern Cameroon, Limbe, Cameroon. Water catchment and supply taps are reconstructed so community members have access to water throughout the year.
William Bynum, Oroville Pollinators Project, Oroville, California, USA. Nectar rich natives are planted to serve as hosts for insect larvae in hopes of attracting the declining monarch butterfly population alongside developing community garden space and promoting wise water use.
Simo Pierre Talla, Women Working for Women to Ensure a Culture of Sustainable Tourism, Buea, Cameroon. Female trekking tour guilds are trained, thus minimizing the gap between males and females working in this sector.
Alexander Goldman, Blair Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Marginalized youth are provided job opportunities as they employ highly pedagogical techniques, from problem solving to intensive experiential learning.
Scholastica Kinuthia, Rescue Me Foundation International, Accra, Ghana. Children who reside in urban slums and rural regions are the focus of this foundation’s vision to promote healthy living alongside reducing illiteracy.
Do these international changemakers have you inspired to bring your ideas to a reality? Are you committed to using peace as a tool while bringing justice to all things? We accept grant applications at all hours of all days of the year. We love learning about projects all across the globe and cannot wait to come across yours!