Success Stories

Since 1956, Global Impact has raised more than $1.7 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Each day we work with our charity partners to fight poverty, heal the sick and support communities in need, meeting real needs with real results. Below, please find a sample of success stories from the Global Impact Charity Alliance.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Mother Spreads the Word About Vitamin A Supplementation

Helen Keller International

Aminata is a working mother who lives in the Pout district of Senegal. She spends her days selling seasonal fruit to travelers from her market stand, and her nights caring for her family. Aminata has worked the long hours of this job since she was a child, which prevented her from receiving an education.

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE: Grassroots Grantmaking Empowers Vulnerable Communities

American Jewish World Service

Global Impact Charity Alliance member American Jewish World Service (AJWS) partners with hundreds of grassroots organizations to promote health, education, economic development, disaster relief, and social and political change in the developing world.

ACCION: Once Homeless, Now a Successful Business Owner


Ciudad Bolivar is a sprawling urban area in the southwestern part of Bogota. With an estimated population density of 45,000 inhabitants per square kilometer—Tokyo and New York City have less than 20 and 10 thousand respectively—the city has by most indicators the worst social conditions in Bogota.

CHILDFUND: A Honduran Village Cares for Its Own


In the mountains southwest of Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, latrines are the first visible evidence the presence of ChildFund International, a Global Impact partner.

UMCOR: Dreams Made Possible in a Small Sudanese Village


In El Jadi, a small Sudanese village in East Darfur, extreme climate conditions, including wind, heat and rain make it difficult for students to pay attention in class and for teachers to bear with their distraction.

TECHNOSERVE: Nurturing New Opportunities for Fruit Farmers in East Africa


In the lush highlands of western Kenya, the farmers of Tiret Self-Help Group have planted the seeds that could hold the key to a better future. The 54-member farming cooperative began working with Global Impact partner TechnoServe in August 2010 to improve their business skills and diversify into a new market opportunity: purple passion fruit.


“I couldn’t keep waiting for success, so I decided to walk toward it.’’ This is how Zarqa, Jordan resident Malik starts his story. The 23-year-old did not complete his secondary education, instead spending several years “being careless,” working at a shopping mall, and going to movies. “I wasn’t thinking about my future,” he adds.

NEAR EAST FOUNDATION: New Water Resources Help Grow Crops in Mali

Northern Mali has faced prolonged drought, a coup d’état and occupation by Touareg rebels. The lives of the locals have been thrown into turmoil.

Near East Foundation (NEF) serves the people of northern Mali by supporting agricultural development and the development of non-conventional water resources, lending locals greater self-reliance and stability in the face of turmoil.

FINCA: Fostering Economic Growth for One Family in Kyrgyzstan


Like tens of thousands of other people in the mountainous and sparsely populated country of Kyrgyzstan, Kopaisin Ganibaeva lost her job at a collective farm following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In order to help her husband support their family and put their two boys and two girls through school, Kopaisin started her own farm near the village of Kadyrsha, planning to sell her produce in the local market.

WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL: Starting Afresh After Years of Abuse

Women for Women International

Nabintu’s life was completely changed by the war and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Married to a husband she loved and raising their three children, Nabintu was happy with her life, despite the conflict going on in their country. One night, while her husband was away, a group of men who were part of the Interahamwe, a violent rebel group, broke into her house, and two of the men raped Nabintu.