Poor families with access to financial services are more likely to send their children to school, and the children stay in school longer.
Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.
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If you’re interested in strengthening your relationship with the projects receiving Right Sharing grants, a Donor Designated Project might be a good fit!read more
You are invited to join us for upcoming celebrations of RSWR’s 50th anniversary.read more
A Scarsdale Meeting tradition creatively supports the work of Right Sharing and the women we serve.read more
Meeting in Guilford, North Carolina, in 1967, the 4th World Conference of Friends (Quakers) approved a minute creating the 1% Fund which, recognizing gross inequities in the distribution of resources worldwide, provided a vehicle for Friends to support grassroots development efforts in Third World nations. In 1969 Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) adopted the 1% Fund, calling it Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR). Friends were encouraged to contribute 1% or more of their net incomes, over and above other charitable giving,...read more
Location: India Grant Amount: $4075 Beneficiaries: 32 women from Dalit caste For this project, Snekithi is working with street vendors in the city. The street vendors are at the mercy of the money lenders because they require a large amount of capital to buy their initial stock. Banks will not give them loans because they have no assets. So they are forced to take loans from the money lenders at the start of each day. At the end of the day, they must pay back their loan at a high rate of interest. They can rarely get ahead because the...read more
Did you know that some historians believe that the Gospels are accurate precisely because it was women who discovered the empty tomb that first Easter morning? It may seem insignificant, but women were considered second-class citizens at that time – indeed, their testimony was not even allowed in court. Jesus, however, had a special respect for women throughout his life. And there they were – Mary Magdalene and her female companions, the first to discover and spread the news: He is risen! The male Gospel writers had no option but to report...read more
“We cannot always offer God great things but at each instant we can offer Him little things with great love.” –Jane de Chantalread more
Board Member Chris Siegler traveled to Sierra Leone this fall to perform site visits, along with our General Secretary Betty Tonsing. Chris has a long history with the country – spanning nearly five decades – beginning with a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer. He shares his observations on the progress (and lack of progress) in this West African country, as well as hope for its future. Having just graduated from college in 1967, I landed in Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa, for a two-year tour as a Peace Corps Volunteer....read more
Right Sharing of World Resources welcomes new board member Nilufer “Nil” Wilkins, of Tampa, Florida. We asked Nilufer recently, “What inspires you about Right Sharing of World Resources?” Nilufer: RSWR seeks to put into action Jesus’ call for us to show radical love to others especially the poor. As a Quaker micro-credit organization, it provides a means for women to set up income- generating projects that are small scale, locally based, and sustainable. RSWR also helps those of us who are affluent to understand what...read more
Three of our current RSWR Project Partner groups are in the business of garland making. In this season of flowers, red, and pink, we share this special bouquet with...read more