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Empower a Woman
Poverty introduces many complications for young women in developing countries such as barriers to educational access, female child marriages, and human trafficking. How can you be part of the solution?

Human Trafficking

Some parents are lured into the promise of a “good job” abroad for their adolescent daughters, only to never see them again, or to have them returned, scarred for life.

In South Asia, if these young women are not sold into human trafficking by their parents, they are often placed into an arranged marriage at a young age.

GFM offers educational and economic development opportunities for women and girls, helping to prevent human trafficking and provide solutions to these complications from poverty.

Learn how one family was restored from a human trafficking situation through GFM’s help with micro-loans and education.

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Child Brides

10 million girls worldwide will marry before age 18, with increased risks for maternal and infant mortality. Reducing these mortality rates is linked to reducing the number of child marriages. Globally, improving education for girls has been the most important factor related to reducing the rate of child brides.

Half of all child marriages in the world occur in South Asia (and half of these before age 15). Although strides have been made in improving education for girls there, poverty stricken conditions and other factors contribute to the persisting high child bride rate.

Many female adolescents in South Asia enter into arranged marriages at the will of their parents, often so that the parents can alleviate the financial burden of feeding another mouth.

The leading cause of death for female teenagers in low-income countries is due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. In the rural areas with extreme poverty where we are at work, thousands of young women are dying every year because of such complications and their lack of access to prenatal care.

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Transformational Solutions for Women and Girls

GFM is providing vital healthcare and educational opportunities to these otherwise “forgotten” areas, where the nearest clinic would have otherwise been hours away, and where attending school is only a dream.

We are able to save lives by providing proper prenatal and postnatal healthcare, and communities are being transformed through hope-filled economic and educational opportunities.

Women receive micro-loans to plant crops, raise livestock, buy a sewing machine, or purchase materials to make handicrafts such as baskets. They may then sell the milk from a cow, harvest a crop of rice or vegetables, sell the eggs or baskets at market. The micro-loan recipients will repay the loan within a year, and it can be redistributed to the next family in need. Families at least double their investment during that year, sometimes even within a few months.

Through the micro-loan program we are seeing more families improving their standard of living, elevating the status of women within their families, and gaining access to educational opportunities. Parents can then help cover their basic needs and afford to send their girls to school rather than marry them off young or sell their daughters into human trafficking situations.

Bring Hope To Women & Girls

Education

The literacy rate for girls trails behind that of boys worldwide. There is a correlation between poverty, illiteracy, and child marriages in the places we work.

For example, 86% of Bangladeshi women without an education are married before they reach the age of 18. However, when girls stay in school, GDP rises, and the child survival rate increases.

GFM helps to provide foundational primary school education as well as scholarships for girls to continue into secondary school. Many young women also raise chickens with their micro-loans to support their continuing education into secondary school.

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Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)

Our Areas of Impact

Economic Development

Small loans help families come out of poverty with dignity

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Empowering Women

Fight human trafficking by providing empowering opportunities for women and girls

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Education

Help break the cycle of illiteracy for families in need

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Healthcare

Save lives with basic healthcare and vital medicines

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Clean Water & Humanitarian Aid

Show families in need they are not forgotten, but treasured by their Creator!

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Food & Agriculture

Build food security and fight hunger

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U.S. Work

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Faith In Action

Following Jesus’ example in faith and love

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