Stories of Change

Change can be hard to measure when assessing the impact of global grassroots initiatives in rural communities. Committing to our partner organizations over the course of several years is key to the success of our grantmaking program and makes what Pangea Giving offers unique in global philanthropy. Our partners report mid-year and year-end progress towards their goals, as well as challenges and successes along the way. Individual stories from community members supported by our partner organizations provide us with inspiring stories and solid evidence that change is taking hold. Below is a sampling of stories.

Linet’s Story – Kenya

LINET comes from a rural community outside Nakuru (in central Kenya) called Athinai Village where traditionally, girls education is not supported. The residents of her community were resettled by the government with only minimal resources following post-election violence in 2007.  She is the youngest of six children and has been raised by her father. Her father, even though he has a poor-paying job, has done all he can to support her education. Thanks to the Girls for Leaders program offered by Dandelion Africa in 2014 and 2015,  a program wholly supported by Pangea Giving, Linet is one of 25 girls...Read More

Sawmill’s Story – Kenya

SAWMILL, comes from a small cooperative farm in a village near Luanda (NW corner of Kenya)  that is served by our partner organization, BIOGI (Bio Intensive Gardening Innovations). Sawmill is married and with his wife is supporting a young family. Because of BIOGI’s  comprehensive perma-culture community farm-training programs and demonstration gardens, he and his wife have increased the fertility and productivity of their farm. Before BIOGI’s program to restore depleted agricultural lands, Sawmill was struggling to  support his family locally and considered moving to a larger city many hours away to make ends meet, which would have meant long periods...Read More

Margaret’s Story – Kenya

MARGARET  is a guardian of six young children in a small rural village outside of Meru, Kenya who has struggled for years to provide food and basics. When she received a water tank, made possible by a Pangea Giving grant to CIFORD Kenya, things started improve. Margaret is using rainwater collected in the tank to irrigate her gardens more efficiently. This, in turn, has resulted in much larger food yields for her and the children. She is also selling surplus vegetables from her garden to neighbors which helps her meet other basic needs for the children. CIFORD Kenya works for...Read More

N.O.’s Story – Burundi

My name is N. O; I am from Lycée Communal de Bubanza and I am in form 9 (middle school).  Before I started using the Agateka pads, provided by SaCoDe to manage my menstruation, I could not afford to buy the disposal sanitary pads (Kotex). The only thing I could get was a piece of an old Kitenge which is a piece of cloth and very often  I was feeling a sting in my private parts and I could not attend school which means that I missed several school days each month, and failed in exams. Since I started using...Read More

Ms Sa Nawn’s Story – Myanmar

Ms Sa Nawn, the 55 year old mother of a son and two daughters, lives with her family in a small rural community in Myanmar. Previously, she had to go 22 miles from her village to a town to buy supplies. After she participated in a Pangea-supported project that gave her the needed skills and knowledge, she opened a small shop. Sa Nawn now provides herself and others in her village such essentials as cooking oil, candles, coffee, soap, shampoo and snacks. She can sell her soap and shampoo for less because they are made locally. Furthermore, the soap and...Read More

U Hae & Nar Law Stories – Myanmar

Since 2004, Meikswe Myanmar, located in Lasio in Northern Shan State, has provided comprehensive services to promote health, early childhood education and community development. The following stories profile two of the beneficiaries of Pangea Giving's  support to this NGO. U Hae Sar's family has lived in San Laung (Lisu) village for 14 years. A farmer, he earns his livelihood from growing rice and soybeans. The seed is grown during the rainy season but previously they didn't have a buffalo for ploughing and hauling soil amendments; the work had to be done either manually or by hiring a buffalo, thus adding...Read More

Tien’s Story – Cambodia

In one village of Snoul district, Kratie province, called Krosiang, there was a school which had only two wooden classrooms with leaking walls, serving more than a  hundred students.  For many years, the school had a poor infrastructure, lacked water and sanitation facilities and didn’t have the most basic classroom and learning materials. Ms. Tien Socheat, 23, the only female teacher at Krosang School, shares the experiences and challenges she’s faced since 2013. “There were not enough classrooms for students, so I had to teach two different grades at the same time. Water leaked from the walls and roof onto...Read More

Esperanza’s Story – Oaxaca, Mexico

Esperanza, is a 49-year-old single mother of 4 adult children who has been involved with the Pangea Giving partner, Flor y Canto, since 2012. She is an example of a leader who has emerged through the persistent organizing efforts of Flor y Canto. In August of 2014 she became the President of COPUDA, a group that represents camposinos in 15 different villages in defense of water rights in the region. Esperanza has dedicated herself to understanding and educating others in her community about their rights according to the prior consent law. She has become a powerful spokesperson, has the ear...Read More

Elvia’s Story – Guatemala

Women’s Justice Initiative, WJI, in Guatemala provides extensive training in rights education and leadership skills. WJI’s Program Coordinator, Elvia,  joined the organization at its inception in September 2011. She has played a key role in the organization’s development and success. Elvia joined WJI after working for a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Population Council, an international organization that works in Guatemala to empower rural Mayan girls. Elvia’s personal story illustrates many of the challenges facing young Mayan girls and women in Guatemala.“I am the oldest of five siblings, two sisters and two brothers. My father is a field laborer...Read More

Marta Julia’s Story – Guatemala

ASOGEN provides human rights support to women in Guatemala around issues of domestic violence and sexual predation. That their work involves risk was brought home when their office was firebombed in 2015. That their work is crucial is evidenced by Marta Julia's story, a victim of incest. Marta Julia’s history of incest began when she was raped by her father as a child of six. She told her mother because she was uncertain about what had happened to her; her mother didn’t believe her, and the abuse continued. When she reached adolescence Marta Julia learned that her little sister, Rosa...Read More