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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Spark microgrants supports some of the most vulnerable rural communites in east africa in the design, implementation and mangement of their own social impact projects. We take pride in catalyzing communities into action to drive their own development and determine their own positive future.

Programs: In 2016, spark developed 15 new community partnerships, facilitated 1,307 meetings and impacted over 84,531 lives. To date, spark microgrants has impacted close to 124,692 lives and our communities have achieved 94% project sustainability while seeing large increases in civic engagement, community ownership, cohesion and female participation.

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Rating: 5

The founder of Spark MicroGrants, Sasha, is a former University of Vermont student (class of 2010) who I had the pleasure of meeting one time when she was an undergrad. At the time she was spending her vacations building schools in Sudan. After she graduated she started Spark MicroGrants, and she has been doing wonderful work in Africa ever since. I know this in part because her accomplishments were celebrated in the UVM alumni magazine last year. Her approach (the way I understand it) is to assist small communities to identify issues and design innovative solutions, and then to help them fund the implementation of those solutions. This works well because the community has ownership, not outsiders. My personal favorite is a remote community called Kajevuba that decided to take up bee-keeping as a way to sustain themselves, improve their diet, and pollinate their crops. I contributed to a small grant to help them get started, and felt really good about it. I hope others will check out what this young woman is accomplishing and consider helping to support a project.