Charity of the week
ONE ACRE FUND
Seventy percent of the world’s poor are rural farmers, many of them concentrated in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa. In those areas, one in 10 children dies before the age of 5, often from hunger. The One Acre Fund (oneacrefund.org) helps small farmers thrive by offering them the resources and training they need to build sustainable businesses and, in turn, take care of their families. The organization uses a four-pronged approach: Finance resources like seeds and fertilizers on credit; deliver those items directly to farmers’ doors; teach farmers how to best use those tools; and then help farmers sell their harvest. Since its founding in 20 06, the organization has helped 420,000 farming families in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi.
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