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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: To improve the social and economic status of impoverished women. Vision - To help impoverished women and their families generate more income, become community role models, and have more fulfilling lives.

Results: Peopleweaver's focus has been on the Congolese women living in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Although Peopleweaver’s primary focus is microcredit, aid has also included food, schooling, supplies, reading glasses, malaria nets, medicine, communication tools, and two cooperative grain mills. We started a Free Little Library at a primary school in the settlement. Adding books and libraries is ongoing. At the repeated request of the microcredit women we started adult education classes, both women and men attend these classes. We have given approximately 150 microcredit loans; this includes loans to individuals as well as groups. In 2008 we gave loans to 20 individual women who have since started working together forming their own club called “Tuungane” (Swahili for “come together”). Tuungane farms together, manages the grain mill Peopleweaver granted them in 2009 – among other activities. They divide profits among themselves while investing the balance on future projects. Tuungane has even given their own microcredit loans within the community. Likewise another group of microcredit women living some distance from Tuungane formed their own group. We are aware of several strong women’s groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our future goals are to provide microcredit loans to these groups. We also have plans to target a few girls to attend school in the DRC.

Target demographics: women, children, community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 individuals, 450 children, 150 students

Geographic areas served: Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda

Programs: Although our primary focus is individual and group microcredit, aid has also included food, schooling, supplies, reading glasses, malaria nets, medicine, communication tools, and two cooperative grain mills. We started a Free Little Library at a primary school in the settlement. Adding books and libraries is ongoing. Currently we are doing two pilot adult education classes, if this program is successful we hope to expand the project to several locations.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Rick43

Donor

Rating: 5

I know the couple that dedicate their time effort towards helping I feel it hard work lots of personal time lost for this cause so please support this

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many nonprofit groups over the years, PeopleWeavers is at the top of my list - results, dedication, consistency, honesty, and did I say RESULTS??!? So many lives changed, such a contribution to our world.

1 Sue_128

Donor

Rating: 5

Met Jeanne several years ago. We love what she is doing with People Weavers!

2 Katharine W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Jeanne Ratzloff several years ago at a street fair in Niwot, Colorado. She was selling the necklaces and baskets for refuges (women and orphans in Uganda). I had a small jewelry shop at the time and took aome of her product into my shop. I found the goods to be excellent, well worth the $10.00 per strand for the long necklaces. My favorites however were the hand woven baskets. The monies taken in by this organization are used only minimally for administrative purposes, and the Ratzloffs supplement a great deal from their own money. I support their work and the benefits given to the women and children of this camp. Katharine W.

2 Monalisa M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been observing their work over a period of time. They are good and hard working. They should be encouraged so that the people in need get help.