Our approach towards Gender Equality

15 September 2023

At CDF Canada we support women and girls in strengthening their leadership skills and building their own agency. As we partner with community-owned co-operatives, our gender mainstreaming process begins by analyzing gendered issues of access and control, consulting with local stakeholders and developing strategies to overcome the barriers of women’s access to financial services, capacity for income generation, and control over decision-making.

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Gender Model Family – Training of Trainers

13 September 2023

Gender Model Family is an approach to enhance gender equality in co-operatives and their families. The VOICE for Women and Girls program, supported by Global Affairs Canada, is currently in year four-of-a-seven-year commitment. In total, CDF Canada and its Malawi partner, the Malawi Federation of Cooperatives, reached over 75 co-operative members.

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Embracing change: Caesar’s journey with small technology

30 August 2023

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship project provided 243 small, practical tools to farmers. These included planters that helped with planting in neat rows and dibbling fertilizer evenly, solar knapsack sprayers that simplified spraying, and tarpaulins that protected grains from debris.

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Volunteer experience transforms executive’s life

18 August 2023

“There is something about Africa that never leaves your heart.” For Karen McBride, her words reflect her love for the continent and her commitment to volunteerism. Over the last decade, she has committed herself to improving the lives of others through volunteering.

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Entrepreneur finds fulfillment in sewing career

20 June 2023

Yulia is a hockey player and a painter from Dnipro in eastern Ukraine who wasn’t happy with her employment. She decided her life needed to change course after taking a sewing course with her sister, Anna. They liked it and continued their tailoring education through the SEW Ukraine program.

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SEW project helps entrepreneur launch brand internationally

19 June 2023

Olha, a small business owner from Lviv, faced challenges, such as outsourcing and the inability to find a factory to stuff her company's down jackets. That’s when she turned to the SEW Ukraine program for assistance.

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Annual golf tournament a success

15 June 2023

CDF Canada thanks the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association, sponsors and golfers who participated in the 2023 Co-op Classic Golf Tournament. The Co-op Classic is a fundraiser with proceeds generously donated to CDF Canada’s global development.

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Governance training strengthens co-operative, bolsters women leadership

1 June 2023

Volunteers support governance and leadership systems and enhances inclusion of women in leadership positions at the Mikoko Co-operative in the southern region of Malawi.

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Bicycles go a long way!

30 May 2023

Farmers' lives and finances in Kenya have been greatly improved with bicycle donations, which is part of a partnership between the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and the Canadian insurer, The Co-operators.

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