RSWR is a Quaker organization supported primarily by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States. 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.
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. We 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, we can multiple the impact of our grant as the funds are revolved many times to many different women within the community.
Why do we call our grant recipients “Project Partners”?
Burdens of materialism and poverty affect all peoples, in the developing and developed world. The projects RSWR supports in the developing world build awareness and capacity in the beneficiaries as well as assisting them by providing employment alternatives so that they can move out of poverty. Likewise, RSWR strives to provide awareness-building and alternatives for lifestyle changes for Quakers in the United States as we seek God’s leading in our lives. RSWR believes that we have much to learn from one another as we work together in partnership.
Who may apply?
In Kenya, all groups must be self-directed by the women beneficiaries themselves. The leadership and management must come from within the group. The group cannot be formed or managed by outside coordinators.
Where does RSWR provide grants?
RSWR focuses its funding in south India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.
What size grants does RSWR provide?
Up to US $5,500 for a one year project. Each group may receive only one grant. Exceptions can be made to this only if it is clearly shown that a second grant will support a different group of women.
How do we apply for RSWR grants?
You must write up a proposal describing your project. Be sure to follow the guidelines below so that your proposal fits RSWR criteria. RSWR has two funding cycles. There is a deadline for each cycle, June 30 and December 31. We strongly recommend that proposals be received by us at least a month in advance of these deadlines so that there is time for revisions if necessary. If we receive a proposal after the deadline, we cannot consider the proposal until the next funding cycle. Make your proposal as short as possible but respond to all the items on the enclosed checklist. In addition to your proposal, send your detailed project budget and your group's last annual financial report.