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.

TECHNOSERVE: Nurturing New Opportunities for Fruit Farmers in East Africa

TechnoServe

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.

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FOUNDATION: A Former IT Trainee Now Trains His Peers

“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

FINCA

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.

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: “Stop Girl Trafficking” Project Educates and Empowers Girls

American Himalayan Foundation

Against this backdrop of extreme poverty and gender bias, as many as 20,000 girls like Phul Maya end up trafficked (forced, sold, or coerced into prostitution or exploitative labor) every year, some as young as nine. Many girls are offered deceptive promises of marriage or good-paying work, only to end up trafficked to brothels in India or as domestic slaves in the Middle East. Others are even sold outright by their desperate parents. Girls from families with parents who are especially poor, absent or alcoholic are the most vulnerable and often go to “work” abroad and are never heard from again.

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