We ask some of the world's poorest communities, what would help them the most in being able to create a better life for themselves and their families, and then give grants for that, as long as the proposed project meets our minimum requirements. We then follow projects over time and make sure that the money is used according to the original project description and is showing positive results for the community.
Please see our list of grants disbursed, and examples of what grant recipients spend the money on.
All the requirements for project applications are available in our application form:
PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept unsolicited applications. We select communities ourselves and invite them to submit a grant application to us. Any spontaneous applications will not be assessed.
Selection of Communities
Through his work for other international NGO's, our country ambassador regularly visits some of the poorest communities in rural Côte d'Ivoire. Based on his local knowledge, we select communities at the end of the road, who are most isolated from social services and markets. At the moment we only fund projects among women's associations in small villages, who are generally smallholder farmers and family caretakers.
We ask for a series of documentation from the applicant to verify that funds are used as outlined in the original grant application. This is all available in the project application form above. After funds are transferred, grant recipients send updates, photos and videos via email directly to the Chairman to show the progress and outcomes of projects, and the country ambassador regularly meets with community leaders and visits recipient communities to follow up on projects.