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A Sampling of Projects Sponsored by the 1% for Development Fund

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Women's centre, Bolivia

Bolivia 2012/01

In Bolivia, 83% of children and 69% of women suffer domestic violence. To provide a refuge in the centre of Cochabamba, Voix Libres Suisse purchased a house of 240 square metres. The 1% Fund has been requested to cover the cost of equipment and furniture: four solar ovens, tables, chairs, benches, bunk beds, shelves, desks, cabinets, etc. Most of these items are being produced by the carpentry workshop run by the women. The shelter is easily accessible to victims and facilitates collaboration with judicial institutions, the municipality and the police. Voix Libres provides: legal support by a team of proactive women lawyers (for the benefit of about 730 women and 300 children); a hotline; emergency lodging, medical and therapeutic support (for about 150 women and their children); training and production (in a bakery shop and a textiles workshop) for about 160 women; a kindergarten that frees women for training; interest-free micro-credit for approximately 300 women; abuse-prevention campaigns in 45 schools located in poor neighbourhoods and four prisons.
Multi-purpose building, Sénégal

Senegal 2011/01

The Centre agro écologique Fajal Sa Suuf was established to teach environmentally responsible techniques to farmers and vegetable gardeners in the coastal region situated about 70-80 km north-east of Dakar. The project aims not only to fight desertification and chemical pollution but also to encourage unemployed young people not to emigrate by demonstrating the economic viability of organic farming and gardening. The NGO Restaure la Terre asked the 1% Fund to finance the construction of the fourth and last building of the Centre, a dual-purpose structure that provides both teaching space and room to store products. Construction was carried out between February and July 2012.
Reconstruction of a market, Benin

Benin 2010/01

After fire ravaged the market of Agonsa Waî in Sakété Arrondissement, the 1% for Development Fund helped local non-governmental organisation GERAPIA rebuild with fireproof materials. Beneficiaries include not only the vendors and their families - some 300 persons - but all the customers who will enjoy a cleaner and safer market.
Farmed fish in Uganda

Uganda 2010/01

The Foundation for Uganda Women's Development received funds to complete and stock ponds for aquaculture. Fish farming reduces pressure on populations of wild fish and improves local diets. By the time of the project's final report in early 2012, fish were available for sale was well as for consumption by members of the women's cooperative and their families, and more ponds were under construction.
Computers for schools in Albania

Albania 2009/01

Two schools in remote towns have been provided with computers, furniture and training. Pupils, teachers and staff can develop the same knowledge and skills as their counterparts in less isolated communities.
Inauguration of new well in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso 2009/02

In the village of Sigui-Vousse in northern Burkina Faso, the mayor samples water at the inauguration of a well drilled with 1% help. A local association is revitalizing a farm where young people can learn horticulture, fish farming and poultry raising.

The 1% Fund has supported many successful projects in Burkina Faso. The most thoroughly documented is the mobile library in Ouagadougou described here.

Model kitchen garden, West Bengal

India 2009/02

In Howrah District, West Bengal, the 1% Fund helped local organization Itarai Asha Deep (IAD) establish community health clubs that prepare and distribute food as well as information on hygiene and nutrition. This kitchen garden is one of their resources. IAD is now a partner NGO of the 1% Fund.

At tne end of 2011, the Fund's Treasurer, Mr. Sagnik Chattopadhyay, took advantage of a trip to India to visit the project site. His report is on line here.

New classroom, Niger

Niger 2009/01

After earth-walled classrooms in the Talladjé District of Niamey were washed away in floods, funding from 1% helped the Association Suisse-Niger and the local Parents Association build a new 65-seat classroom in masonry. In the first year after completion of the new facility, 460 children had been schooled there.

Trainees in Thailand

Thailand 2009/01

This project is funding eight "mini-projects" overseen by our partner 1% organisation in Thailand. In one, to improve the employability of rural Thai youth and improve access to markets for local crafts and food products, training in information technology and basic business skills was offered in February 2010 to 20 residents of Chiang Rai province. A whole album of photos is available on the Picasa site. Other sub-projects from which we have received pictures include a poultry-raising facility at a school for migrant children and 5 biogas units in a village in Tha Song Yang District.

Chickens as resource for rural school in Thailand
Biogas plant in Bangladesh

Bangladesh 2008/01

Small fermenters to produce biogas from poultry litter and cow dung are under construction in the area of Magura. Some 21 were already in operation by mid-2009, providing cooking gas, fuel for generators and fertilizer for 105 families. Environmental degradation due to deforestation and the accumulation of untreated animal waste has been correspondingly reduced.
Nursery/primary school, Gungu, Dem. Rep. Congo

Congo, Democratic Republic 2008/01

In the town of Gungu, the Swiss-based association TEMO, with a contribution from 1% for Development, has worked with a local association to build a kindergarten and elementary school (three classrooms and a teachers' office) on land provided by local authorities. Each step in construction can be seen in a slide-show on TEMO's own website.
Wassa production, Mali

Mali 2008/01

Wassa is a nutritious flour made of millet, beans and peanuts. In a project managed by RESO-Femmes (http://www.reso-femmes.org/), the 1% for Development Fund has helped a cooperative equip itself to prepare and package the product.
Solar cells at teachers college in Haiti

Haiti 2007/01

The budget of the teachers' training institute at Liancourt will be relieved by the installation of solar panels to reduce the use of generators that are both unreliable and hungry for expensive fuel. This source of electricity offers new possibilities in information technology and communication, both for the students and for the larger community.

(Visitors with high-speed Internet connections and knowledge of French can watch a documentary on the institute by clicking this link.)

Tailor in Manila

Philippines 2006/01

SEED, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Greater Manila, working with French NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde, established three agencies in a poor neighbourhood to provide savings and credit facilities to self-employed persons whose rejection by established banks left them prey to money-lenders. The 1% for Development Fund contributed money for a revolving credit fund that served 320 borrowers in its first year of operation. In the same period, the agencies took in savings from 1,170 patrons.

The tailor in the first photo to the left set up his business with a loan equivalent to EUR 66. By the end of 1%'s engagement, he had acquired several machines and was employing three dressmakers part-time. The second photo shows part of the recycling enterprise started by another beneficiary of a similar loan. After 14 months and two more borrowing cycles, the entrepreneur was employing four people and paying into a savings account as well as reimbursing his latest loan.

SEED has continued to grow, with the number of micro-entrepreneurs served passing 4,000 in 2010 and four agencies in operation.
Recycling in Manila
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