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Just One Person

This is such a great connection! I work with women and girls in rural Kenya and have been extremely interested in the charcoal making project that was designed in 2006 at MIT.

The biggest challenge to our program, like I am sure is true of other programs, is to develop a sustainable source of funds for operating our program. Under the direction of our program director in Kenya, we are developing projects in collaboration with women's self help groups. We provide a loan for the start up costs, assistance in registration and administrative duties, training, ongoing business consulting and marketing assistance. Currently we have a tree nursery and a mushroom farming project.

The loan is administered by the Women's Enterprise Fund and through the Ministry of Gender and Social Services.
Rather than repaying interest on the loan and, as small compensation for our organizations services, the women's group donates a part of the profits to help fund our girls' empowerment programs

We would be extremely interested in someone train our group for the charcoal making project and for other viable projects that also use in country resources.

Finally, one of our dreams as well is to build a Women and Girl's Resource Center in our District, where our program and others similar to it could conduct our programs. We believe that by building such a center, it would represent the powerful recognition of the importance of "educating and empowering women and girls".

The name of our organization is Just One Person. We are a registered non profit in the U.S. and a registered NGO in Kenya as well. Two women volunteer their time to operate our programs and they are assisted by a seven member Board of Directors. In the U.S., our major function is fundraising and measurment and evaluation.

I will be in Kenya from Feb 18th-March 10th.

Our website is

I would love to correspond with you. We are one of the only programs for girls operating in rural Western Kenya where girls are an overlooked population.

Annette Lilly Russ


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Following Up

Thanks so much for joining the group and sharing your organization's needs, Annette! I think there is some synergy between the needs of your organization and what MIT students are interested in, particularly in the following areas:

1. Identifying new revenue-generating projects for the organization, and perhaps a process for how to go about identifying and launching future projects.


2. Implementing a specific project (such as the charcoal project, or other project you've identified) that would benefit the organization and the people you work with.

I'm going to post the form that the MIT Public Service Center uses to collect more detailed information about project ideas to the Group Journal, and encourage you to fill it out with whichever project idea seems most urgent and likely to help your organization and your community.

I'll also post some instructions for Next Steps when I post the form, so it's clear what to do with the form once you've filled it out.

Looking forward to learning more about your great work!


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