Rise Beyond the Reef – Fiji Islands – Economic & Leadership Development for Rural Remote Women

Date grant awarded: April 2, 2018

Grantee Name: Rise Beyond the Reef
Project Name: Economic & Leadership Development for Rural Remote Women
Grant Location: Viti Levu, FIJI

Project Description: Rise Beyond the Reef (RBTR) aims to address the rural remote Pacific communities’ unique development needs. This project focuses on improving women and children’s lives through ecologically sustainable income-generating projects using traditional skills and materials, while addressing gender inequities, building women leaders, and empowering women and girls facing domestic violence. Our development model begins with qualitative studies, revealing such local concerns as poor roads, inadequate education/training, depopulation due to young people leaving for wage employment, flooding, landslides, and scarce opportunities. Our programs focus on community needs while addressing global climate change impacts and international sustainable development goals.