RSWR: Grants to Small, Grassroots Women’s Groups of India
The Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) is seeking applications from small, grassroots women’s groups that do not have access to other adequate funding.
The grants are for micro-enterprise, self-employment projects. They help with seed money and training so that a group can begin a revolving loan fund for members to take loans to begin their own small businesses. It is important to them that the women work together in self-help groups and use the RSWR resources to help themselves grow into independent and strong groups.
RSWR has two main goals:
Provide grants for women in the developing world to begin small income-generating businesses so that they may help themselves and their families out of poverty.
Help Quakers in the United States learn about the negative effects of poverty in the developing world and the negative effects of materialism in North America.
Up to US $5,500 per year, for a maximum of five years. Projects are funded one year at a time and each new proposal must target a new group of women.
What types of projects does RSWR support?
RSWR supports income-generating, self-employment projects for poor women who are members of a self help group. The project must include a revolving loan component. They believe that small scale income-generating projects offer a means of establishing self sufficiency to very poor people. By requiring that the project include a revolving loan program, they can multiple the impact of the grant as the funds are revolved many times to many different women within the community.
RSWR strives to help newer, smaller organizations whose budgets may not allow them to receive grants from other sources. NGOs must be less than 20 years old and have annual budgets of less than $16,500.
RSWR focuses its funding in India in Tamil Nadu and the districts of Chittoor, Cuddapah, Anantapur, and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
For more information, visit https://rswr.org/proposal-criteria-and-guidelines