Cargill and CARE partner to strengthen rural communities.
2010 - Cargill and CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, have partnered to combat poverty for more than fifteen years. Last year, we launched a five-year partnership to reach more than 100,000 men, women and children in rural communities with nutritional, educational and economic opportunities for growth. The partnership is funded by a $10 million grant from Cargill, the largest single corporate grant in our nearly 150-year history.
Our partnership with CARE reaches across the globe, into small towns and villages where opportunities are limited. Through this partnership, CARE provides training, skills-development, and market access for farmers, and educational opportunities and nutritional support for women and children.
Miriyabi Sidhik is benefiting from our partnership with CARE. She is just one of the many success stories that we can report as we celebrate the first year of this expanded partnership.
Miriyabi Sidhik’s story
At a time when many of us sit down at a computer late at night to shop for clothes online in the comfort of our own homes, it may be difficult to imagine how a sewing machine could transform a person’s life. But, it has for Miriyabi Sidhik.
Sidhik is a 35-year-old widow from the Charopadi Moti village in India. She lives with her mother, sister and her three children. In the past, she helped support her family through farming and day labor; however, in the last three years there hasn’t been enough rain to grow food on her land. Sidhik tried to supplement her income by sewing clothes for people in her village. Her customers were few, so her tailoring activities were not enough to sustain her family, until a partnership between Cargill and CARE, helped Sidhik jumpstart her business.
Sidhik joined the village self-help group for women. CARE encouraged Sidhik to start a micro-enterprise business by purchasing a sewing machine and opening a tailor shop. They helped facilitate a loan, and identified training sessions in tailoring, to support Sidhik in starting her business. They also worked with Sidhik and other members of her self-help group to set up a system to purchase cloth in bulk.
Business has been good for Sidhik recently, and the added money she earns is helping her support her children in attending school regularly, rather than keeping them at home to work.
Cargill and CARE successes and results
After one year, we have numerous concrete results from our work with CARE, including:
- 10,755 students at 54 schools in Guatemala and Honduras benefitted from enhanced teacher training, distribution of school supplies and increased collaboration among governments, the private sector and communities.
“Thank you for this support. Parents alone are incapable of covering these expenses…and without this food, children would be going home without eating.”
--Elvira Loreonza Perez Vasques, Parent in Guatema
- 4,300 students at 30 schools in Guatemala are receiving daily nutritional supplements.
- More than 40,000 students in Gujarat, India, primarily girls, have shown 30% to 40% increases in their math and language competency test results.
- Ten new alternative learning centers were established to provide education to 143 out-of-school girls in India.
- School enrollment rates increased among the nearly 3,000 students in Ghana’s rural cocoa-producing districts.
- Twelve cocoa training sites have been established in Brazil to bolster the technical know-how of cocoa farmers.
- Rural farmers in Egypt are benefitting from start-up funds that will help improve their soybean farming practices.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places a special focus on working alongside poor women on community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.