Project impact stories
“I’m more confident and fearless now” – Eililoy’s story
Eililoy Kamwendo, 62, was trained as a solar engineer on VSO's Solar Mama's pilot project in Malawi. She says that the project is changing the way women are viewed in her community.
“Now I know that I can do things on my own.” – Dines’ story
A single mother whose husband left her when their children were still young, Dines Msampha, 42, has seen her monthly income more than double since she was trained as a Solar Mama.
Meet Durga: A Big Sister with a huge impact
When Durga Bista was 18, she dropped out of school to get married and dedicate her time to household chores. Now, she volunteers as a ‘Big Sister’, vulnerable girls in her home community of Ranighat to attend and stay in school.
“Very few girls miss school in this community now” – Nirmala’s story
Nirmala was struggling at school, getting fail marks. Big Sister Durga Bista convinced Nirmala’s parents of the value of education and inspired her to attend school regularly.
Ensuring Deaf young people aren’t excluded from sexual and reproductive health services in Rwanda
In Nyagatere, an isolated region of Rwanda, the Imbere Heza (Bright Futures) project works to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights for marginalised and at-risk deaf young people.