COVID-19 affects everyone, everywhere. From the weekend of March 15 onward, we have put all group interactions that are part of the 100WEEKS program on hold. This applies to all the countries we work in: Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda and of course also the Netherlands. One-on-one interactions are carried out in accordance with social-distancing guidelines, meaning physical interaction is prohibited and sufficient distance is always maintained.
Of course the cash payments to the women will continue. Mobile money is coronaproof. At a time like this the women need their 100WEEKS income more than ever.
We connect people who care, with women living in extreme poverty, offering them temporary cash support and financial training in small peer groups.
Women receive weekly cash donations on provided mobile phones. We monitor the impact of our intervention using cutting-edge survey technology, allowing us to collect data at low cost.
Hundreds of families worldwide have already escaped poverty through our program. As we scale up, so will tens of thousands more.
Donors give money.
100WEEKS targets women living in extreme poverty.
Selected women receive training, and money on provided mobile phones.
100WEEKS collects data on progress and shares this with donors.
100WEEKS is the only direct-giving organization that establishes a direct connection between its donors and recipients. We link our donors, both private and institutional, to one or more specific groups of women and keep them up to date on their development as they progress through the program. Our donors know the names of every woman they give money to.
100WEEKS participants receive training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and life skills on a weekly basis. They meet in peer groups of 20 women that provide social and emotional support.
The 100WEEKS method is designed to be exponentially scalable. The essence of the program is the digital platform it provides to others. We employ a minimum of ground staff, preferring to cooperate with existing organizations local to the countries we work in: Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda.
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