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What We Do

Global Grassroots has two key programs, which are designed to enable grassroots women to initiate mindful social change in their communities:

  • Our signature Academy for Conscious Change works with marginalized women in post-conflict regions. Our Women's Water Leadership Initiative serves teams of grassroots women eager to bring clean water access to their local community to address the multi-faceted set of related issues affecting women and girls. Our new Accelerator Program is now investing in the replication and expansion of our existing water ventures, as our more experienced change leaders seek to grow their impact within their communities

  • Our Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change (postponed in 2021-2022 due to COVID-19 precautions) is designed for high-achieving, but disadvantaged young women during the break between high school graduation and university enrollment. Our new Young Women's Alumni Engagement Program seeks to build community amongst our 200+ alumni from across East Africa, and provide additional skills training and resources in support of their ongoing work as young change leaders.

Women's Water Leadership Initiative | Why We Focus on Water

Global Grassroots helps vulnerable women initiate social-purpose water enterprises to address issues facing women and girls. Most of the women we work with live in areas with no safe, clean water access, where they or their daughters must walk 1.3 miles, spending 1.5 hours to collect water from a valley creek, spring or hand-dug well. The water source can be a cause of harm, contaminated by run-off from latrines, farms, and livestock. Not only are water-borne diseases an issue, but women face opportunistic violence at remote water sites, the duration of collecting water prohibits them from other economic pursuits, girls miss and fall behind in school due to their duty to collect water, and those physically disabled or otherwise unable to access water may face sexual exploitation in exchange for water delivery by men. Through our Academy for Conscious Change, women are able to design, construct, and implement their own water enterprises, demonstrating their value to their community, generating resources for their family, using profits from the sale of water to serve the needs of other women and children, eliminating violence and exploitation, ensuring girls attend school on time, and realizing their leadership potential within their community.

Our Impact

Graduates: 702
Ventures Launched: 193
People Served: 200,000

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