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.
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.