We believe sustainable projects that thrive are locally led. We trust our in-country experts to listen to local needs, design and implement solutions and measure impact. Ultimately, building capacity to sustain projects long-term.
Partnering with a community
Our team of in-country experts conduct outreach and research to identify under-resourced communities with shared values. With a rigorous vetting process, we analyze each community’s needs. We know that successful projects require community buy-in so we ensure that every community understands, contributes, and reports on our collective impact.
Finding a solution
Different communities have different water and agriculture needs. Alongside community leaders, we commit to finding an appropriate long-term solution. We analyze the current situation — history, terrain, water source, soil quality, resource availability.
Once we decide on the solution, we work with local contractors and experts. We ensure that our in-country team coordinates the implementation and is on-site so that communities have direct support from our team, before, during and after implementation.
Communal water and agriculture committees are formed that oversee the operation, maintenance and accessibility of the projects. Every community is responsible for contributing a minimum of 40% surplus sales to education and a minimum of 10% to maintenance costs — ensuring shared value.
Monitoring, evaluation & learning
We visit each community regularly to provide in-person support, building long-term relationships. Community leaders track quantitative and qualitative progress through monthly check-ins and quarterly reports.
Proof of progress
We work alongside community leaders to share and amplify the stories of their members through our traceability platform, documentary films and communications. We keep our impact numbers up to date and pride ourselves on data-driven impact.