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December 2009

Winrock's collaboration on a carbon calculation study was recently presented in Copenhagen, and is highlighted by Nature News.

Winrock has signed a $10 million award from USAID/RDMA for the Sustainable Development and Livelihoods Program for Urban and Rural Ethnic Tibetans (TSERING) program. TSERING will provide vocational training and enterprise development, increased access to credit, microfinance and innovative carbon finance, market linkages, community based natural resource management and cultural preservation in southwest China and the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Winrock has worked with Tibetan communities since 2004, and TSERING builds on those programs.

Winrock's new Regional Entrepreneur Assistance Program (REAP) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. REAP will assist five entrepreneurs with business plan development, market assistance and one-on-one mentoring services to grow small businesses in rural Arkansas. Eligible entrpreneurs must work in the sectors of energy efficiency, environment and agribusiness.

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Wallace Center, BALLE, Release Study on Locally Owned Food Businesses
The Wallace Center at Winrock Infood enterprise and farm school students in Paraguayternational, in partnership with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), announces the release of Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in a Global Marketplace (CFE). The study, jointly funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides detailed profiles of 24 locally owned food businesses from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe—including the hybrid food enterprise and farm school in Paraguay shown here—and analyzes their financial, social, and environmental performance.

CFE builds the case for local ownership of food business as a critical driver for local economic development by presenting key challenges and strategies that impact replicability. "The study and companion Web site offer solid evidence that investing in the success of CFEs will forge a link between local food and local economic development," says John Fisk, director of the Wallace Center. "CFEs are really a logical place for local food advocates and local economic developers to pursue their common goals and build stronger communities and stronger local economies." The complete report and case studies are now available online.

Stonemasons Trained for Building Boom
in Jumla District

During 10 years of conflict, Jumla, the headquarters for the remote Stonemasons at work in NepalKarnali zone, was heavily affected and many government buildings were destroyed. Since the peace agreement was signed, people are rebuilding their lives and preparing for the long-awaited Karnali Highway which will, for the first time, connect Jumla to the rest of Nepal. The USAID-funded Education for Income Generation (EIG) program, through Winrock's partner F-Skill, saw an opportunity to train people to work in this field and conducted masonry training courses for over 100 people. Two large construction projects in Jumla have hired beneficiaries, while others have become independent contractors and find work building homes.

Airam Kami is one example of how EIG’s training is changing people’s lives. Previously, he earned his living as a stonemason’s assistant, and with no skills, he earned around $37 a month. Through the training, he became proficient and now commands $5 per day, with a monthly income of approximately $132. He uses this income for his children’s education and household goods. Airam is very happy to have the opportunity to learn this skill which has changed his life as well as that of his family, and plans to be a contractor. He proudly says, “Now I am taking small contracts from a larger contractor.” 

USAID Scholarship Leads Former Child Solider to Academic Success

At the age of 10, Gilaso Odong was abducted from his home in Winrock GEE scholarship recipient Gilaso OdongSudan’s Eastern Equatoria State and forced by rebels to fight in the country’s civil war for three years. Following a gunshot wound that led to the amputation of his left arm, he was taken to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment. In 2002, Gilaso enrolled in primary school at a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, and in 2008 received his Kenya Certificate for Primary Education. He was able to return to Eastern Equatoria soon afterwards with the help of the United Nations refugee agency.

Now 18, Gliaso enrolled in Torit Day Secondary School, but still faced hardship. “My parents cannot afford to pay my school fees,” Gilaso said. “I thought, ‘I am back home, but still in a miserable life.’” At this critical time, Gilaso received assistance from the USAID-funded Gender Equity through Education (GEE) program. Through GEE funds, Torit Day was able to provide Gilaso with the scholarship support he needed. “The school wanted to send me back home because of the fees and uniform,” Gilaso said. “Fortunately, the GEE program came in and paid for my school and uniform. I also bought books and pens from that money. I can now perform better in the class tests because I now have peace of mind. I thank the GEE program for coming in to rescue my life as a student.  If GEE continues this program, I am sure I will enter university.”

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