Results from our work

We Effect work together with 160 partner organisations around the world. We continuously evaluate our projects. Below you can see some of the key results from 2017.

Africa

After ZADF, the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers, with We Effect’s support, started study circles and savings and loan groups in Tsonzo in eastern Zimbabwe, milk production increased from 250 litres to 500 litres a day.

Microinsurance saw an unparalleled increase in popularity during the year, when the number of policyholders within Eastern Africa cooperatives increased from almost 33,000 to 178,273 women, men and young people.

We Effect and the Cotton Association of ZAMBIA (CAZ) have conducted courses for 129 prominent student circle leaders. This has resulted in 1,092 new study circle groups, with 12,880 members (55 per cent women), being formed during the year. In total, the productivity of CAZ members increased from 581 kg/ha to 719 kg/ha.

Coffee farmers in Meru Coffee in Kenya more than quadrupled their coffee sales, from 1.8 million to 9.8 million Kenyan Shilling in 2017, thanks to a more efficient distribution chain.

With gender equality in focus, women in Mabele in Western Zambia have been trained in spinning, dyeing and weaving products from their own cotton. They have been able to sell the products at a good price and have both increased their financial security and invested in the village’s school. The number of independent cotton farmers has increased significantly.

4,514 savings groups were founded in Eastern Africa, of which 1,233 groups are for young people. A total of 126,392 members were reached, of whom 85 per cent are women.

Legal aid and education of social observers in Apac and Dokolo in Uganda has yielded positive results in 97 legal cases in which women have previously been victims of injustice.

20 hectares of undeveloped land has so far been bought up by cooperatives in Uganda.

Meru Dairy Union in Kenya has negotiated a guarantee price for the milk of 40 Kenyan Shilling per litre. This has increased the milk farmers’ income by 125 per cent since 2014 and interest in milk production is growing.

To promote the right to land in Tanzania, 600 plots have been guaranteed through partner organisations. 1,934 title deeds have been issued, of which 187 went to women.

Dairy farmers in Kenyan BAMSCOS have had a trial run with dividing the income equally between the spouses. This success has led to all milk producers within the cooperatives now subscribing to this model.

Latin America

The goal of increasing women’s participation in the partner organisation boards has been achieved. In total, 52 per cent of the board members are women. The largest increase in 2017 was seen in the housing programme, which went from 57 per cent to 73 per cent.

76 per cent of our partner organisations have introduced a gender equality policy. Within the rural development programme, the figure is 100 per cent.

In Paraguay, our partner CEARD has increased food production in 540 family farms by about 60 per cent and household income by approximately 25 per cent.

77 housing cooperatives in seven countries have received support from We Effect.

The advocacy work of our partner organisations has led to the state funding of housing projects in Paraguay, El Salvador and Guatemala. In El Salvador’s capital San Salvador, our partner organization FESCOVAM’s persistent advocacy work has led to twelve new housing cooperatives being built with the support of the state. Over 65 per cent of the beneficiaries are women, many of them single.

75 per cent of the partner organisations in the rural development programme have increased their production during the year.

Over 17,700 women have participated in education initiatives in 2017.

Approximately 3,000 men have participated in courses on gender equality and care economy.

30 collective initiatives concerning care work have been carried out, involving both men and women, to reduce the time women spend on care and household chores.

Around the region, female farmers have gained knowledge of organic farming methods, effective water management and value chains.

In Guatemala, our partner organisation APROBA SANK has received municipal support and subsidies for its farmers market model. The markets have increased the financial security of local communities, especially for women who previously had no income of their own.

Over 5,000 people have participated in courses on climate change and the environment.

In 2017 we launched a pilot project in Colombia to contribute to the peace process with our expertise in rural development and the housing cooperative model.

Asia

In the organisations that We Effect supports in Sri Lanka, the number of female board members increased to 75 per cent.

The number of female leaders in We Effect’s partner organisations in Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam increased from 134 to 720.

In Palestine, the number of female entrepreneurs within We Effect’s partner organisations increased significantly, from 35 to 135 entrepreneurs. In addition, their average income was three times higher than expected.

In 2017, 530 women in Sri Lanka took the step to becoming entrepreneurs. Within We Effect’s partner organisations in the country there are now 975 female entrepreneurs.

During the year, 254 savings and loan groups were supported by We Effect in Asia. Of the total 6,067 members, 80 per cent were women. Together they loaned SEK 10 million to each other, all people who normally are unable to borrow money.

In Sri Lanka, 8,000 people increased their income and left a life of extreme poverty behind them. They now earn 2.4 to 4 dollars a day, compared to less than 2 dollars a day in 2016.

Cooperatives supported by We Effect in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar increased their profits by an average of 34 per cent in 2017.

With the support of We Effect, a new law was ratified that provides members of cooperatives in Palestine with increased social security.

During the year, 1 000 families in the Philippines, who previously lived in slum-like conditions, were able to move into brand new homes with clean running water, electricity and walls that could withstand typhoons.

Through housing cooperatives supported by We Effect in the Philippines, a total of 10,000 families took one step closer to affordable apartments or houses during the year. 7,000 homes are under construction and 2,000 homes are waiting for funding.

In the Philippines, an increasing number of farmers received support in using sustainable and climatesmart methods. Today, 5,586 small-scale farmers within We Effect’s partner organisations in the Philippines use such sustainable farming methods.

In total, 16,089 farmers in Asia received support from We Effect to grow sustainably in 2017.

Europe

1,680 small-scale farmers have received training in EU standards within agriculture. This has facilitated access to markets nationally and within the EU, which has increased the competitiveness and income of farmers.

The average sales through cooperatives that are members of We Effect’s partner organisation in Moldova have increased by 52 per cent in 2017, compared with 2016.

Extreme weather conditions, and especially late frost in the spring, have destroyed 40–60 per cent of fruit production in Albania. Thanks to support from one of We Effect’s partner organisations, farmers have been able to protect the remaining production and sell it at a 20 per cent higher price compared with the previous year.

10 small-scale female farmers in Bosnia-Herzegovina have built greenhouses and undergone training in organic production. The women’s company has yielded a total of 1,000 m2 of vegetable production.

17 farmer organisations for women in Kosovo (over 170 women) have received help with applications and granted financial support from institutional donors. This has contributed to women being able to expand their farming activities and increase their families’ income.

We Effect’s partner organisation FFRM, the Federation of Farmers of the Republic of Macedonia, elected its first female leader this year, the first in the organisation’s 15-year history.

10 agricultural schools (Farmers Field School) have been started in Moldova. As a result of the education received at the schools, 84 women and 73 men have increased their knowledge and skills in the management of livestock and cultivation of fruit, berries and vegetables, as well as in business planning and accounting. 102 families have experienced a 25 per cent increase in production volume and a 15–20 per cent increase in income

Between 2014 and 2017, the European programme has reached 93,367 members (of which 50.5 per cent are women) in rural areas.

In the region, 10 new study circle groups were formed during the year, and there are now 128 in total. 1,470 members are women and 640 are men.

274 local organisations have participated in programme activities in the region.

A further 206 farmers in the region have begun using an integrated farming system, which aims at achieving more sustainable agriculture. The method combines modern technology with traditional methods.