Living the Dream

In 2021, SowHope helped Dr. Itengré achieve his dream of building an obstetric fistula repair clinic. The clinic officially opened in June 2022, and it remains the only center for obstetric fistula repair in Burkina Faso in West Africa. This past November, a SowHope team had the privilege of visiting the clinic, meeting with several […]

Two Tragedies & A Treasure

In early June, Mary Dailey Brown, CEO of SowHope, and Dr. Sylivia Juta visited three partners from different areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reports of tragedy from the first two partners were shocking. SowHope’s first project in the DRC was a birthing center that has served  thousands of women. It has […]

New Partners in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has been under serious economic hardships and hyperinflation for over a decade, reaching 80 million percent month-to-month at the height of it in 2008. This has led to the collapse of many industries and rendered the Zimbabwe currency useless. The country is now recovering from this economic catastrophe and is ripe for investments. Recently […]

Spring 2023 Matching Gift Opportunity

$25,000 Matching Gift Alert! Dear friend, We are excited to announce that generous donors have offered matching funds, up to $25,000, towards a supermarket project in South Sudan. Since 2015, SowHope has worked in South Sudan, partnering with incredible local leaders to fund successful projects in microfinance, leadership and small business training, agricultural production, chicken […]

International Women’s Day Celebration

Forty-five degrees and sunny, a perfect winter day. March 8th, 2023, marked the first ever International Women’s Day (IWD) march in the history of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This event was hosted by SowHope. “International Women’s Day is not very well known in the United States,” said Mary Dailey Brown, President & CEO of SowHope, “and […]

Updates in South Sudan

In 2021, extreme floods displaced an estimated 386,000 people in South Sudan. Some of these Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were resettled by the government in a town near one of our project leaders, Rhoda. “We heard the outcry from the IDP women,” says Rhoda, “They had virtually no way of making money and were using […]

New Opportunities in Guatemala

A SowHope team recently had the opportunity to visit Guatemala with a good friend of SowHope, Bev Abma. Bev has visited over 90 countries, traveling extensively in the developing world. She also volunteers for SowHope, helping out at almost every mailing and even recruiting 3-5 neighbors each time. So, when Bev approached Mary Dailey Brown […]

Let Me Sow Hope 2: A Documentary

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the “Let Me Sow Hope” documentary, SowHope will be showing a worldwide premiere of the second installment of “Let Me Sow Hope” at the fundraising gala on Friday, September 29th, 2023. The documentary will feature brand new stories of women empowerment, success, and tragedy from around the world. Viewers […]

Board Member Dan Balfour

Dan Balfour was first introduced to SowHope in a unique way. “I got to know Mary Dailey Brown”, he said about the President and Founder of SowHope, “when she studied for her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) in our Program at GVSU”. Dan served as a professor in Public Administration for over 30 years and […]

Liberating Training In Pakistan

Gudia, a recent student at a vocational training center in Pakistan, had been working at a brick kiln since she was a child with her mother, father, and two brothers. Her family worked 7 days a week, 12 hours per day each, and together earned only $12 a week. They ate only one meal a […]