Trust for Rural African
Development and Enterprise
The transformation in economically depressed communities when women earn an income is an exciting and inspiring site to behold. Philip and Katy Leakey saw these newly flourishing communities began to hit a threshold as the need for better health care, better education, and basic infrastructure that the burgeoning grassroots economy could not support began to impede progress.
To aid communities in getting over this hurtle in 2005 the Leakeys founded T.R.A.D.E., Trust for Rural African Development and Enterprise whose education and business solutions enable communities to take that next step towards sustainable development and economic sovereignty.
Health, in any community, is the first issue to address for without it few can participate. Education was the next issue to address so that in time communities become enriched with local talent to implement development strategies. Infrastructure in all areas of health, education and enterprise is an on-going focus so communities have a solid platform from which to grow.
Project examples in each of T.R.A.D.E.’s areas of focus; health, education and development:
T.R.A.D.E. started a Woman’s Health Initiative which provides on-going training to Local Health Care Providers in hygiene, addressing malnutrition, disease prevention, enhancing mid-wife skills, a medical record system for better long term care, and critical care diagnosis.
T.R.A.D.E. is invigorating the education system by paying for more teachers in rural areas which has lowered the student teacher ratio from 80/1 to 35/1, and is assisting communities to build more class rooms with further plans to develop businesses owned and operated by schools so they can generate funds to provide the necessary educational development for higher quality education.
T.R.A.D.E. is currently building a micro-hydro plant to provide necessary power to facilitate new industry and develop new enterprises for women owned business such as high-yield, low impact grazing dairy production.
With good health, education, and empowering, sustainable economic opportunity depressed rural areas can transform into thriving communities.
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Trust for Rural African Development and Enterprise (T.R.A.D.E.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and proliferation of sustainable, ecological, entrepreneurial industries in rural East Africa.