ActionAid USA is an international human rights organizations that works in 45 countries across the to eliminate poverty by overcoming the injustices that cause it. They promote sustainable solutions to big issues like climate change, food and hunger, emergencies, tax injustice, and women's rights.
ActionAid works with women across the world to help them achieve economic independence and a life free from poverty. This means more than just providing aid. This means approaching the issue of a woman’s right to livelihood from a holistic perspective - by working with women to organize together and create, sustain, grow and spread their businesses. Money raised by supporters like you gives women living in poverty a chance to be financially independent and help their family and community in the process.
One such woman is Jesca, a mother from Uganda, who with training from one of ActionAid’s adult education programs not only set up her own market stall selling groundnuts she harvested, but reinvested her profits and opened a successful restaurant.
Jesca’s story is one of pride and empowerment. As a girl, she never had the opportunity to go to school. Jesca married her husband at 20 and, with no education and no skills, was forced to depend on him for everything. She found herself feeling helpless, needing to ask her husband for the money to buy even the simplest items, like soap. When she heard about the adult education program run through ActionAid, she only expected to make 1,000 shillings ($0.50) but thought “even if I only get an extra 1000 shillings from this thing, it would be money of my own.”
In just under one year, Jesca went from never having a shilling of her own to economic independence. Jesca’s success comes from her hard work and dedication, her belief in the right to an income of her own, and the support she received from the other women in her group. But she’s not done yet! Jesca is working with her community to help spread the effect of her success. In the future she plans to continue expanding her restaurant and states that “any woman who wants to do something like this can come and borrow money from me!”
And this is where you come in. By raising money on behalf of ActionAid you can help support programs like the one that jumpstarted Jesca’s future. The funds you raise not only help individuals, but families and whole communities through advocacy work, trainings and reinvestment in local ventures. You can make a difference not only for a woman like Jesca, but for whole communities fighting for their right to live without poverty.