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Review for Africa Development Promise, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As reported in field visits by visiting donors in Africa Development Promise’s (ADP) regular newsletters, ADP seems to be having a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of African women who would otherwise be unable to sustain a living.

ADP is working with and has worked in close collaboration with villagers in Rwanda and Uganda, Ambassadors, academic institutions such as Regis University, other NGOs and well connected individuals with similar interests, the City of Denver, and other organizations like Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to utilize and apply existing knowledge and leverage resources that provide training and enable the women in the villages to establish the cooperatives, grow produce, feed their families, increase production, and gain a stronger sense of community. ADP has also organized many fund raising events and been interviewed by several NEWS sources to increase awareness of their cause as well as raise money for the cooperatives. The women are eager to learn, and ADP’s help in building a training center for these women was crucial to the success of the cooperatives and farming. By working in a cooperative instead of individually farming, the women have benefitted from economies of scale to ultimately increase their production so there is enough to provide food for their families and still have enough left to sell for extra income as well as to reinvest and grow the cooperatives. Most impressive are the tomato and mushroom farms that have grown tremendously in terms of yield and technological and agricultural advances and still managed to decrease overall production costs while increasing operational efficiency.

As a donor, I was pleasantly surprised to see an annual financial audit of ADP, an act of transparency that goes above and beyond U.S. legal audit requirements. The amount of in-kind contributions is a strong indication of the drive, enthusiasm, and initiative of the ADP Executive Director and other board members who truly believe in their mission and go the extra mile to accomplish it.

Role:  Donor