Impact stories

Transformative success: The 4R Solution Project empowering agriculture across Africa

12 June 2024

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Project stands as a beacon of transformative change for smallholder famers. With a mission to empower them, particularly women on best crop and nutrient management practices, the project integrates gender-sensitive 4R principles into agricultural practices and policies while promoting sustainable crop production.

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Gender Model Families share chores, make decisions together

10 June 2024

The Gender Model Family (GMF) approach addresses unequal power relationships between women and men and promotes a longer-term transformation of harmful gender norms. Participants said their GMF training has provided the tools to help couples and family members share household chores and decision making in their homes.

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Tropical Cyclone Freddy Recovery project brings needed supplies to co-op members 

7 June 2024

One hundred sixty farmers from 12 co-operatives who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy received support from the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, and the Malawi Federation of Co-operatives. 

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Women overcome barriers to lead co-op’s membership growth

4 June 2024

Women's resurgence and confidence in co-operatives are the result of different training approaches of the VOICE for Women and Girls Program, including co-operative development training. The goal is to mobilize economic growth for women, which benefits their communities. 

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Financial literacy training increases savings and membership

29 May 2024

Well-designed financial literacy training can improve financial knowledge and behaviour, leading to improvements in financial and social well-being. Mollenter is one trainee who experienced financial benefits while putting into practice what she learned about financial literacy.

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Co-operative expands business and increases revenues with reusable sanitary pads

28 May 2024

The Tayamba Rice Producers and Marketing Co-operative is producing and selling reusable sanitary pads to raise revenue as part of a Strategic Innovation Fund through the VOICE for Women and Girls’ Program.

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Bicycles increase business growth and savings

24 May 2024

CDF Canada’s Bicycle Initiative, through the VOICE for Women and Girls Program, is helping offset people's limited access to transportation and the challenging roads in rural Kenya. Janet is one of 177 participants who received a bicycle. She said it has helped diversify her business.

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Start of the cooperative way – overcoming challenges, moving to new perspectives

22 May 2024

The formation of the First Kyiv Sewing Cooperative emerged as a collaborative effort, tackling challenges and exploring new perspectives when three women pooled their resources and expertise to establish a unified brand focused on producing high-quality sewing products. 

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Pedaling to wealth – Donation provides transportation to co-op members

12 April 2024

The VOICE for Women and Girls Program recently distributed 80 bicycles in Kenya, which improves members’ access to transportation and allows them to travel by bicycle to use services, such as healthcare and education while minimizing their environmental impact.

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