More than one billion people live on less than $1.25 per day, and poverty contributes to malnutrition, lack of education, and inadequate healthcare. We develop programs that empower the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. We work with our partners to provide sustainable income opportunities for people in the developing world. Providing people with a way to create sustainable income has life-changing effects. They are now able to afford to send their children to school. They can provide enough food for the entire family, and when a member of the family becomes sick, they are able to afford proper medical care.
There are many different approaches to creating poverty solutions. Since our beginning, we have been a strong advocate of increasing the capacity of local individuals and organizations to help address local needs. To that end, Assist International seeks out partners in local communities with similar areas of focus, who are committed to meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Here are two of our ongoing programs:
Project 41 is a humanitarian organization that addresses hunger, malnutrition and poverty by providing poor farmers with a bicycle-powered irrigation pump called the Rainmaker. In Africa, 70% of the people earn a living and support their family by farming a small plot of land. However, they must rely on seasonal, unpredictable rainfall to grow crops, and when droughts come, it is extremely challenging to provide enough food for the family. Uganda contains many different sources of water, including rivers, springs, and lakes. The challenge faced by the farmers is finding an effective way to transport available water. The Rainmaker bicycle-powered water pump is a solution to this problem. This tool allows each farmer to build a business by growing a second and third crop during the dry season. After feeding their family, they are able to take crops to market to sell. The proceeds enable farmers to pay for such things as schooling for their children, medical bills, and a place to live.
WomenFirst provides business management training and start-up funds to women in Uganda and Kenya. WomenFirst equips women with skills to create small business enterprises, which in turn allows the women to provide for their families. Skills include sewing, cooking, and computer training.