Nomadic Notes

Empower nomadic women to transform communities in Niger with your year end giving!

Posted in Uncategorized by rain4sahara on November 21, 2011

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

No one carries the torch of change like an empowered woman. Empowering women has been recognized by the United Nations as the most important global social movement of our times. To fully realize a woman’s potential, she needs the tools to create a new future, be able to put her skills to work, decide how to spend the money she earns, and to share what she has learned.

RAIN agrees. In Niger, Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) has been at the forefront of this transformation for ten years. RAIN’s programs integrate the “3 E’s” — education, earning and empowerment —- into a life-changing package. The nomadic women in RAIN’s artisan, agriculture and herding cooperative enterprises go beyond earning incomes; they put aside 50% to fund their children’s schools as they learn new livelihoods. Women in RAIN’s programs determine how their funds are used, leading their communities in meeting the unique needs of their schools.

In the remote Niger village of Foudouk, the Wodaabe women of the “Metier Chance Vivre” (MCV) embroidery
cooperative earn funds for each item they produce for RAIN. During their first year of operation, they discovered that after paying themselves, they had $800 to invest in their school. They had never seen that much money at one time before. The entire community witnessed what they had accomplished.

This spark lit a fire in Foudouk that is transforming the community. Their success inspired others to seek out ways to help themselves. Women and men stepped forward to ask for RAIN’s help to open a general store.  RAIN replenished herds lost in drought. In return, herders are keeping a herd of animals to benefit the school. Parents are coming together to do whatever they can to get their children to school – traveling long distances and taking turns looking after them while they are away from home.

With the support of RAIN, women act as the galvanizing force, inspiring action and commitment, community by community. Entire families dig the gardens that feed school children and bring better food security to all.  Adults are enrolling in literacy classes, mentors are sharing their knowledge of heath education, and families are donating their resources to assist those greater in need.

Women are leading the way, transforming our thirty partner communities.  Help RAIN light the spark of empowerment for hundreds more rural communities throughout Niger with a contribution today.

Our children will be proud to know that their mothers worked to support their school. We’re happy to help the school, to help all the children. When our daughters return, they will teach us all.” – Djmare, Binbiya and Halima,  Metier Chance Vivre Artisan Cooperative

Donate now to light the spark of transformation for nomadic communities in Niger.


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