Stories

With projects in more than twenty countries, we have numerous stories to share. We want rights holders of our projects to be heard, and this section is where you will find what we call “stories”, from around the world.

STORIES

A successful recipe for women’s empowerment

In the agricultural cooperatives of El Salvador, women have historically had no, or very little, participation in the productive work, and even less in formal decision-making. But in a cooperative…

Building homes where everybody is equal

Five million families in the Philippines lack adequate housing, making life especially hard for women and girls. In an innovative new project, We Effect and partner JF Ledesma want to…

Finding alternatives to the factory floor

Half a million Cambodian women leave their homes and families every day to work in garment factories. We Effect’s new project is empowering women to find other, more sustainable sources…

Florencia takes a stand through her organic farming

Florencia Díaz Baeza belongs to the agricultural cooperative Jerovia ha vy’a (Faith and Joy) that gathers nine families in a small village on the Paraguayan countryside. In a country where…

From victims of war – to women in business

Rural women in Sri Lanka are facing a new war. Against violence, lack of education and incomes. In a new partnership with Kaviya, We Effect Asia will empower 800 women…

Achieving gender equality where it’s most needed

A thousand years ago, ethnic minorities living in Vietnam’s mountainous regions were led by women. Today, women in these regions live in grim conditions and watch their children go hungry….

Empowering women to become leaders

Through a regional program launched by We Effect, hundreds of women from Guatemala in the north to Paraguay in the south, have received training through women’s schools. Women have become…

A school where women’s stories are heard

In Latin America – the world’s most dangerous continent for women – abuse and violence are a part of the everyday life of many women and girls. In Paraguay, We…

“We are stronger, but will always be sad”

Almost everyone remembers the TV images of the big waves. Sachini Kaushalya doesn’t. She was there when the tsunami changed her life forever and took her friend away from her….

A dynamic youth school produces the leaders of tomorrow

The participants’ laughter and chatter is heard from afar; it is clear that something exciting is about to happen. The youth school of the Project for Integral Economic Empowerment of…

Coffee and gender equality give hope for the future

NICARAGUA. Antonieta Monzón and Victoria Talavera have worked for years in one of Nicaragua’s most important and male dominated industries – coffee production. Today, both are members of their coffee…

Teody lay down on the highway to save her home

A man soaks a puppy in gasoline and sets it on fire. Two hours later, thousands of families’ homes are in flames. We Effect´s Teody Gacer decided that evil people should…

“We held each other and begged for God to save us”

Today, Wednesday the 8th of November marks four years since Haiyan (locally called Yolanda), one of the world’s deadliest typhoons, struck the Philippines. For the survivors, it seems just like…

A first step toward integration

ALBANIA: In Albania, children living in poverty are offered a trouble-free zone, away from the turbulence and turmoil of everyday life. The project is a collaboration between We Effect and…

“Moving to our new house helped me leave those bad memories behind”

UGANDA: It is not about the roof and the walls. It is about improving living conditions and defending rights. The housing situation in Eastern Africa is alarming where 6 out…

Lobbyist award boosts grass root activists in Nairobi’s slum

KENYA: With the money and honor Rachael Mwikali, the first Lobbyist for Change winner, can do more in the fight for poor people’s rights in Kenya. Now she calls for…