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March 2017


On 8 March the world celebrated International Women's Day. This year's theme was #BeBoldForChange. To mark the event, we interviewed Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender, about what she thinks is needed to close the gender gap. We also shared inspiring stories of bold women and men who are challenging gender stereotypes and driving change in their communities. Later that month, we joined the global discussions around World Water Day, emphasising the importance of reducing and re-using wastewater.




Hot off the press: Dairy matters 


Together with Wageningen University & Research, we recently launched 'Dairy matters: inspiring stories on dairy development in Kenya’: 18 stories relating to the success and struggle of farmers taking part in the Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme.


Milk for 34,000 school-going children in Uganda


77 schools in South-Western Uganda have embraced SNV's school milk programme, ensuring a nutritious breakfast for 34,000 children. The programme is part of the Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project.




Youth brings solar energy to rural Rwanda


Rosalie from Bugesare, Rwanda, always wanted to work in electronics. So when she found out in 2015 about Mobisol Akademy's solar systems workshop and OYE's basic life skills training, she immediately applied. Since then, she has been employed as a technician with Mobisol and has installed over 250 solar systems.


“Biogas transformed my family's life"


"I now produce, consume and sell organic products such as coffee, bananas, maize, teff and honey.” says Tesfanesh Bekele, one of the thousands of women in Ethiopia who have benefited from using a bio-digester. Read her inspiring story.




Stories of powerful women from Bangladesh


Meet Champa, Sathi, Jhorna & Putti, four bold women who run small businesses and hold down multiple jobs to provide for their families. We met them in one of the so-called 'sweeper' communities in Bangladesh and spoke to them about menstrual hygiene management. How do they deal with it? Find out here. 


Wastewater as a resource, not a burden


This year, the theme of World Water Day was 'reducing and re-using wastewater'. Wastewater is grossly undervalued – if managed in an efficient and sustainable way, it can offer a wide range of opportunities. Check out some examples.


Time: an elusive resource for women seeking to advance in business


In Kenya, women spend around nine hours a day on reproductive responsibilities (child bearing and rearing, care for family members etc). This often prevents them from advancing in business, although they aspire to. Read how the 'Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises' (EOWE) project is addressing the issue.


The stories of five bold women from Uganda


Across the three sectors we work in, women are becoming empowered and are driving development both in their homes as well as in their communities. Read a collection of stories about women whose lives are being transformed through our work in Uganda.
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