Dragons’ Den in the Valley

“It’s not been easy,” says Sandra, Communities for Development Co-Founder and Committe member. “But the best I think is yet to come.” The three groups of entrepreneurs look nervously toward one another: it’s show time. Today is a one-time opportunity to pitch their startup proposals with the hope of securing crucial backing from the Communities for Development panel. You could cut …

The Art of Saving

“What is saving?” expert Joyce asks the room. “Moses, can you tell me?” It’s been one year since the Bulambuli community saving group Buyaga Vision first learnt the rules and regulations of holding their own saving groups on a weekly basis. And Joyce is taking no prisoners testing who can recall the core principles of saving. “It’s crucial to revisit …

#BeBoldForChange: International Women’s Day 2017

It’s been a tumultuous year for women’s rights. Having enjoyed incremental progress over decades, we’ve been inching ever closer to gender equality at home and on the international stage. Now for the first time, that progress looks to be under serious threat and concern is rising that much hard work will be undone. But, as ever, women – and men – …

Postcard from the Valley

Dear beloved CfD followers, We do apologise for the radio silence. Far from idle though, we’ve been busy bees over the last few months. And now we are back with a vengeance to tell you about all the hard work that’s been going on in CfD’s London HQ and out in Bulambuli Valley – and what’s in store for 2017. #BackOurValley Campaign …

Natalia in Bulambuli conducting an impact assessment

Assessing Impact

Women’s empowerment, team building, access to healthcare and higher school enrolment – just some of the many side effects of Communities for Development’s projects, as discovered by Natalia Cabeza Escudier when conducting a 6 week evaluation assessment in Bulambuli Valley this summer. Here are her stark reflections from her time spent with the community: In Bulambuli Valley, where the NGO Communities for Development works, …

Indiegogo campaign

And…that’s a wrap

This is it…it’s time for the #BackOurValley crowdfunding campaign to finally draw to a close. A final WAN YALA NABE and a hug from Bulambuli for all the liking, sharing and pledging to help us crowdfund a whopping $21K. We’ve simply been blown away by the love and support from people around the world for our hardworking entrepreneurs. That’s a wrap on the #BackOurValley @Indiegogo …

Women entrepreneurs making reusable sanitary pads

Hot in the Valley this month: purses, handbags and reusable sanitary pads…

Old rags, leaves and used newspaper – just some of the crude substitutes women and girls in rural Uganda resort to in lieu of any better options when their menstruation cycle comes round once a month. At best, excruciatingly uncomfortable, and at worst, posing a serious health risk from infection, poor menstrual hygiene is the lesser known issue holding back many …

Campaign final days

Let the countdown begin…

Pinch, punch, first day of the month! That’s right, it’s the first day of September (where on earth did the summer go…?) and that means just 10 more days to #BackOurValley! #Pinchpunch happy new month! Will you #backourvalley – the new #SiliconValley? https://t.co/rVW3dgNkEu pic.twitter.com/DlxU5bw255 — C4D (@CommunitiesForD) September 1, 2016 We’ve been blown away by the incredible support from across …