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Mzungu Project is a collective education project that aims to build schools in under-served regions of the world. It was born out of the quest of one individual to provide a future to poor children in remote areas and war torn countries, proving that one person can make a difference in Africa. One of the best ways of making a difference is by pulling the trigger on one of the most powerful weapons against underdevelopment: Education. Following a successful career in business, Jose Antonio Ruiz Diez, a native of Spain, independently built a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a few years ago in an effort to give back. That endeavor inspired many, and now he has created this collective education project in the hope of building even more schools for children in need.
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Sadhna was established in 1988 to provide alternative incomes for women in Udaipur’s rural, tribal and urban slum belts. As these communities were not dependent on agriculture, handicraft was chosen to be introduced to them. Sadhna taught Patchwork, Appliqué and Tanka embroidery skills to the women for them to earn a secure living. Today, Sadhna provides continuous training to women artisans to improve their skills, a support network to them in their villages and a respectable position in their family and society.
Sadhna's work has catalyzed a noticeable change in the lives of its artisans, who once were not even exposed to their own villages. Today these women artisans are confident enough to make their own decisions within the family as well as in different socio-political groups. Economic empowerment has also created a marked difference in their awareness towards education, healthcare, social status and family life.
Kalanjium Thozhilagam Limited (KTL) is a development enterprise for the poor and is the business initiative of DHAN Foundation. KTL specializes in supporting the livelihood activities of poor in the following six areas, namely agricultural commodities, bio-agri inputs, medicinal and aromatic plants, bio-energy, sea food and handicrafts. The company seeks to increase the income of the poor people through productivity enhancement, value addition and market linkages without the intervention of middlemen.