"Empowering Women: Affecting Generations"

Right Sharing of World Resources is a Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating projects in developing countries, led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day.

How we work

Samson, with Marian Baker from New Hampshire (New England Yearly Meeting), an old 'African' friend. Marian spent years living and working in East Africa.  Note the 'Quaker bonnet' that Marian made.
Right Sharing of World Resources works with the assistance of field staff in Kenya, Sierra Leone and south India.

We invite groups from these areas to send proposals requesting seed money to begin a micro-enterprise program.

The projects must be compatible with the three principles which guide the work of RSWR:

1.Local Self-Reliance

2. Sustainability

3. Mutual Support and Accountability amongst group’s members

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In approving a proposal, RSWR enters into a covenantal agreement with members of the group.

RSWR and its supporters offer material resources, and our testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, and integrity.

Project partners offer experience and expertise working with the poor, a vision of community, and a commitment to peace and justice.

Together, we can create the world of peace and justice that God desires.

Release from Beedi Rolling!

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A beedi is a thin, Indian cigarette filled with tobacco flake, wrapped in a leaf, and tied with a string at one end.  Popular throughout South Asia, these tobacco-filled leaves deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar, and carry a greater risk of oral cancers.

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The beedi industry predominantly employs poor women who hand-roll beedis at homes to earn a meager income.  Workers roll an average of 500–1000 beedis per day for which they are paid Rs.29 (50¢) to Rs.65 ($1.07) per 1000.

Significant health hazards are associated with beedi rolling, including respiratory problems, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, anemia, and eye problems, caused by the tobacco dust, as well as cramping in the shoulders, neck, back and stomach from the posture required to roll the beedis quickly.  A rising concern is also the involvement of children, particularly girls, in the process of beedi rolling.

Thankfully, several of our project partners are engaged in helping beedi rolling women “escape” from this profession.  We invite you to learn more about these bold women, creating new life chapters and personal stories because of help from supporters like you!

Read more here

Project Country Spotlight: Sierra Leone

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Can you spot Sierra Leone on a map?  This West African country, comparable in size to the state of South Carolina, is one of the three countries in which RSWR is focusing energy.

Sierra Leone has a long, violent history, including a recent civil war that raged for more than 10 years.The population of Sierra Leone is young – nearly half of the country’s six million inhabitants are under the age of 15. In rural areas where RSWR focuses its projects, more than 62% fall into that age range.
This new generation faces many challenges as well as opportunities.

When the civil war began in 2001, schools were destroyed, preventing 67% of young people from accessing public education. Today, two-thirds of the adult population of the country is illiterate. This situation is changing with the country’s active reconstruction, often incorporating literacy training.

RSWR is pleased to support 15 self-help groups in Sierra Leone. Entrepreneurial activities vary from the spinning of cloth fabric to crop raising and basket weaving.

The resilience of our Project Partners is heartening and inspiring. Learn more about individual projects and groups by clicking here, and please hold these brave women and their families in the Light.