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Business Grants for Rural African Women

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Provide skills training and a business start-up grant for a young woman in remote Africa to begin a small business of her own.

When girls and women have the tools to succeed, amazing things happen. Girls and women living in poverty are uniquely capable of creating a better future for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world. Typically, a woman will reinvest 90% of her income into her family, while a man will reinvest 30 - 40%. But all too often, motivated women in impoverished areas lack the resources to work for a better life.

This Gift That Gives More™ provides start-up costs and business training for a motivated young woman in fields such as fish drying, poultry keeping, market gardening or soapmaking. Giving a young woman economic independence and stability not only helps her and strengthens the economy of her local community, but also makes a touching way to honor a family member, coworker, or special teacher.

The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) is dedicated to fighting poverty and AIDS in rural communities in Africa by educating girls. Camfed began in 1993 by supporting 32 girls in rural Zimbabwe, and in 2007 this number grew to more than 400,000 children in some of the poorest regions of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania. Camfed was highlighted in 2007 at the Clinton Global Initiative for its achievements in poverty reduction, and in January 2008, Ann Cotton, Camfed's Executive Director, was named Global Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation. Camfed also advises the UK government and United Nations on girls' education.

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