Right Sharing of World Resources
Focus of This Profile: Small grants for women’s micro-credit projects in South India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone
Principal Office: USA
Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) makes seed grants to support income-generating projects led by women. The program is funded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the USA.
The seed grants enable the recipient organizations to extend small loans to members of their groups so that they can start small and micro businesses. Many of these businesses raise their revenues from growing and/or selling agricultural products.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Seed Grants for Micro-Credit Projects. RSWR makes seed grants to help small grassroots organizations empower women through income-generating projects. The grants are used to set up programs of micro-credits to benefit members of the recipient organizations.
Projects include many in the production and sale of fruits and vegetables; meat and milk; grain crops; fish; fuelwood; and other enterprises associated with small-scale agriculture and rural livelihoods.
RSWR currently makes seed grants in selected states and districts of South India; to members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Kenya; and to grassroots organizations in Sierra Leone. Eligibility to apply for grants extends to NGOs that are less than 20 years old, and that have annual budgets of less than the equivalent of US$16,500.
Grants are up to US$5,500 per year for a maximum of five years. Projects are funded one year at a time.
About the program
A proposal includes the number of women who will participate in the project; estimates of the revenues and expenses of the business or businesses the women will undertake; a description of the loan repayment plan; an explanation of how the work can become self-supporting after the grant has ended; a project budget; and a statement indicating how the project is compatible with RSWR’s principles.
Proposals are sent to RSWR by postal mail or email. There are two application deadlines each year.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
South Asia: India (Tamil Nadu and selected districts of Andhra Pradesh)
Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, Sierra Leone
Potential applicants can review past projects to learn about RSWR’s funding priorities.
RSWR provides its contact information in the USA.
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