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 […]

Report from Kenya

Below is a narrative report from our partner in Kenya, Josephine. These challenges are very common and some of the main reasons that Josephine has given her life to spread these messages and empower women around the whole country of Kenya. Her English is not perfect and the text has only been lightly edited. The […]

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 […]

Supply Chain Woes in the DRC

In places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the effects of COVID-19 have proven deadly in multiple ways. In this area of the world, scant medical care allows the virus to run rampant and uninhibited through communities. Additionally, the broken supply chain around the world caused a terrible impact on rural women in […]

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 […]

Fall 2022 Matching Gift Opportunity

$35,000 Matching Gift Alert! Dear friend, We are excited to announce that generous donors have offered matching funds, up to $35,000, towards a microfinance project in the Northwest region of Bangladesh. HistoryIn 2006, SowHope began working alongside wonderful partners who had an incredible vision for the future of Bangladesh using microfinance, starting in the southwest […]

Carrying On

Claudaline was one half of a formidable couple until her beloved husband Bishop Desire passed away suddenly two years ago. They worked together to positively impact many people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Despite the difficulties of being a widow, Claudaline continues to build the legacy she and Desire formed by passionately […]

Hope Needed in Myanmar

In December 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, a SowHope team visited Myanmar for the first time. They met with a few leaders from different areas around the country and decided to fund projects with two of these leaders. One was Lune, who wanted to do a small microloan project, and the other was Esther, […]