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When a girl gets an education, she's much more likely to get her vaccines, avoid HIV contraction, have access to jobs, earn a higher income, and escape child marriage. When she gets an education, she's able to dream. She's able to think of tomorrow instead of always living just for today. However, many parents in Mozambique don't have the resources to pay for uniforms, school books, or transportation expenses, so their children are unable to get an education, especially their girls.

As Kurandza, we're a small grassroots non-profit that's passionate about empowering women and girls to become leaders in their communities. We do this through working closely with the members of the communities we serve, and our two programmatic focuses are small business development for women and education for girls.

 
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When girls are educated...

  • ...they are less likely to marry early, have unplanned pregnancies, and contract HIV.

  • ...they are more likely to earn a higher income compared to individuals who did not go to school.

  • ...they are more likely to be financially secure and economically empowered.

  • ...they are more likely to change the world around them for the better.

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We’re excited to announce that we’re now accepting applications for our Giveback Partnership Program. We’re looking for entrepreneurs and women-led businesses who have a passion for girls education and women empowerment, and who want to add a giving component to their business model. All chosen partners will donate a portion of business proceeds to Kurandza to support girls’ education and will provide their customers or clients with a way to shop or work with them while giving back!

*Applications are open until March 31st, 2019.

 
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"When I grow up, I want to be a nurse." - Gilda, 6-years-old

"My favorite classes are art and math because for the first time in my life, I have a ruler set and compass so I can participate fully in all the activities." - Esmenia, 13-years-old

 
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Elisabetta met Percina in Guijá, a rural district in Southern Mozambique, in 2011 while she was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. These two became quick friends and worked on several community projects together including starting a sewing cooperative with several HIV-positive women who Elisabetta had met while working at the hospital. Their goal was to teach these women a skill that would allow them to earn enough income to pay for the monthly transportation costs to reach the hospital every month so that they could stay on treatment. But it became so much more than that; not only did the women stay on treatment, but they also improved their homes, sent their children to school, and began participating in community savings clubs.

After Elisabetta returned to the United States, she knew that her work in Mozambique wasn't done. She developed strong ties with her village and decided to create Kurandza alongside Percina, to continue supporting the community through education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development programs. Something that sets Kurandza apart from other non-profit organizations is that it's lead by someone who lived in the village for three years, speaks the local language and knows the local community members, and by someone who is from the very village where Kurandza now works. Our focus is grassroots, and because of our local leadership, we're able to create programs that the community needs and that have a lasting impact.


 
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