Graça Machel Trust (ZA) A Project of G | KBFUS Funds
"We can achieve anything when we work collectively rather than individually."
When a country does not achieve its full potential, the economy suffers. Fewer 'high potential' female entrepreneurs result in fewer ideas being realized, less innovation, less export potential, and fewer jobs created. Through their entrepreneurial activities, high-potential female entrepreneurs increase their own economic welfare, and also improve the economic and social fabric of society through job creation, innovative products, processes, and services, and cross-border trade.(Women's Entrepreneurship Index)
We believe in the power of Africa's women to drive the social and economic transformation on the Continent. Our plan in the next year is to scale up our efforts to multiply the faces and amplify the voices of women to make this a reality. We are asking you to support our efforts by making a contribution to help us achieve Our Bold Goals for Change which are:
Scaling Up Women Farmers ability to Increase Africa's Food Security
- Ensure that 5050 women smallholder farmers are mechanised
- Develop 50 women-owned sustainable seed companies
- Produce 10 000 metric tons of quality legume seeds
Multiplying the number of women who can bring economic change
- Train and provide technical assistance to 300 women in 3 countries to to build their entrepreneurial competencies and business performance through the enterprise development programme.
- Engage government, corporates and other power brokers in 3 countries to address the barriers identified by the research.
- Implement a digital platform to support African women entrepreneurs to access opportunities; connect with each other across borders; and to showcase their businesses.
- 33 women journalists in 15 African countries publish stories that change the narrative of African women (blog address)
- 8 women receive scholarships for postgraduate study in fields traditionally dominated by men.
Giving women the platform to access finance and markets
- Launch the Women Advancing Africa Forum to provide a platform for at least 200 women to showcase their contributions to leaders in government, the private sector, philanthropy, academia, and civil society as well as global thought leaders and influencers.
- At least 25% of women in attendance achieve concrete business opportunities.
- At least 60% of governments and corporates in attendance pledge to take at least two concrete steps to provide access to markets and/or finance for women.
- Launch of the Women's Investment Vehicle funded by women to provide access to finance for women entrepreneurs and women in business.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION to the Friends of the Graça Machel Trust will fund:
- 300 women entrepreneurs to participate in the entrepreneurship and business management program in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
- 33 woman journalists to publish uplifting stories on African women's contribution to economic progress.
- 100 smallholder farmers to access opportunities for growth through the African Food Basket Project
- 100 women smallholder farmers to gain access to equipment for their farms
- 50 women to attend and participate in the WAA Forum
- 200 women to have access to market/finance opportunities during the Women Advancing Africa Forum.
The Graça Machel Trust advocates for women and children to be at the top of Africa's development agenda. We:
- Advocate for the increased recognition, representation and participation of women in the economy;
- Influence policy makers, governments and the private sector to be more responsive to the needs of women;
- Facilitate processes that increase women's awareness of economic opportunities and build women's confidence and capacity to empower themselves to realize their potential.
Alternative ways to give:
For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "Friends of the Graça Machel Trust" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (212) 713 7660.