Programs

SowHope inspires women around the world through
Wellness, Education, and Economic programs

Wellness

The Wellness program includes supporting women through physical and emotional projects such as: clean water projects; AIDS care and prevention; women’s maternal/healthcare; prevention of abuse, rape, and sex trafficking; counseling and recovery centers for victims of gender-related abuse issues.

  • Birthing Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • Home-Based Life Saving Skills (Nigeria)
  • Maternity Clinic (Uganda)

Ongoing Wellness Programs

Birthing Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an association of women has built a birthing center to assist women in childbearing. SowHope funded them to better equip this center, specifically for the purchase of a delivery table and solar lighting. About 90 babies a month are delivered at the center.
Total project cost: $10,000 

Home-Based Life Saving Skills (Nigeria)

Funds for this project are used to teach women very important skills that will allow them to help other women give birth safely, and care for them afterwards. These women will also learn how to knit so that they are able to earn a living and provide for their families.

Total project cost: $3,000

Maternity Clinic (Uganda)

A women’s group in Uganda is working to build a maternity clinic in their rural community. The project goal is to provide a safe place for women to give birth and receive after-care. It also aims to care for newborns and their mothers in surrounding communities.

Uganda maternity clinic

Total project cost: $20,000

Education

The Educational program includes: basic literacy classes; vocational, and technical training.

  • Women’s Social Civic Training Center in Nigeria
  • Literacy Training in India
  • Vocational Training in Tailoring Project for Rape Victims in the DRC

Ongoing Education Programs

Women’s Social Civic Training Center in Nigeria
Funds used to develop women’s social activities throughout the region; they built a social activity center where they would host classes that focus on understanding the basics of women’s health, and counseling sessions for women in need.  Sewing machines and classes have been added to the project.
Total project cost: $5,000

Literacy Training in India
This nine-month project taught more than 4300 illiterate women to read, write, and do math at a 5th grade level. Some of the advantages reported by the literacy learners: enables women to start small businesses because now they can count money and add and subtract numbers; help their children with school work, read and sign their children’s report cards; read instructions especially on prescription medicines, and travel freely because they can now read signs to use public transportation.
Total project cost: $130,000

Vocational Training in Tailoring Project for Rape Victims in the DRC
ASDI, a women’s empowerment organization in Eastern DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo, used funds to help with the Goma Women’s Tailoring Project. This program helped to raise the standard of living of  over 400 rape victims and young mothers by teaching them tailoring/sewing skills.
Total project cost: $16,000

Economic

The Economic program supports: micro economic loans; small business training.

  • Microfinance Village Groups in Bangladesh
  • Microloan Group in Uganda

Ongoing Economic Programs

Microfinance Village Groups in Bangladesh
This project was the seed money for over 3000 rural women to join local microfinance groups and receive microloans to start and expand small businesses.
Total project cost $100,000

Microloan Group in Uganda
This strong and sustainable women’s group, Asaaba Aheebwa, used funds to expand their small but very successful microfinance network. This project has funded microloans for over 170 women.
Total project cost $16,000

Where we have funded projects: Bangladesh, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia

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