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Association Guinéenne pour l'Allègement des Charges Féminines (AGACFEM)
Conakry and Gueckedou, Guinea

AGACFEM was formed in 1995 by a group of professionals who recognized both the extreme challenges facing rural women in Guinea, and the tremendous contribution they make to their communities. AGACFEM’s mission is to help improve the living conditions of rural women by providing support for their activities, informing them about their rights and increasing their economic power so they can be better positioned in decision-making structures in the family and community.

201525,4851 year
This grant provides institutional support to COFRASAD, a rural women’s cooperative based in the Ebola-ravaged Forest Region of Guinea,through a funding to its mother organization AGACFEM. The grant supports a Rural Women's Enterprise Center and the cooperative's members to market high-quality agricultural products towards financial independence.
2014$10,0001 year
This grant supports AGACFEM to continue its program to inform its members and others in the region of Guinée Forestière on how to take action and prevent the further spread of Ebola virus.
2014$4,0006 months
This grant supports AGACFEM to respond to the Ebola Crisis in the Guinée Forestière region.
2013$127,2161 year
This grant ensures the autonomy and sustainability of the women’s groups and cooperatives that have been supported by AGACFEM with New Field funding through its community grants program. It also supports the establishment of an enterprise center to support the cooperatives in their activities.
2012$133,513.001 year
This grant supports AGACFEM to make 14 community grants to rural women’s groups and cooperatives. It also supports the direct cost of training activities for cooperative members in financial management, literacy and numeracy education, agricultural product processing, and the marketing of value-added products.
2011$9,8121 year
This grant supports a group of rural women leaders from Guinée Forestière to participate in the 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
2011$3,5356 months
This grant supports two AGACFEM staff to participate in a financial management training in Dakar, Senegal.
2010$115,4081 year
This grant enables AGACFEM to provide community grants to 14 rural women’s groups in the Guinée Forestière region and to coordinate the establishment of a women’s organic rice producers’ cooperative. It also supports AGACFEM to strengthen its administrative and accounting capacity to better manage its community grantmaking program.
2009$90,0001 year
This grant enables AGACFEM to provide community grants and training to 19 rural women’s groups in the Guinée Forestière region. The grant provides capital for the women’s groups to produce and process agricultural products. AGACFEM also provides training for rural women in agro-ecology and conservation of local seeds, organic rice processing techniques, and basic accounting. The grant also supports AGACFEM to strengthen staff capacity to manage the community grantmaking program and to evaluate the quality of its technical assistance.
2009$3,4506 months
This grant enables two staff members of Agacfem to attend a convening in Mbour, Senegal, with the purpose of strengthening and improving the quality and effectiveness of community grantmaking programs.
2008$82,6241 year
This grant enables AGACFEM to provide community grants and technical assistance to 19 rural women’s groups in the Gueckedou and Kissidougou border area of Guinea. The grants provide the women’s groups with capital to produce and market agricultural goods, set up a grain bank, and install a range of technologies, including a modern soap production unit, a multi-purpose platform for the production of energy, and a grain husking mill. This grant also contributes to AGACFEM’s own institutional development and capacity to provide quality technical assistance and services to the groups.
2008$6,5496 months
This grant enables a staff and a community member of AGACFEM to be part of a rural women’s delegation attending the 2008 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, in Cape Town, South Africa, with the purpose of sharing knowledge, building connections, and informing strategies.
2007$42, 5961 year
This grant enables AGACFEM to provide community grants and technical assistance to six rural women’s groups in the Gueckedou and Kissidougou border area of Guinea. The grants provide the women’s groups with capital for soap manufacturing, palm oil extraction, rice cultivation, and market gardening. AGACFEM also provides the women’s groups with training in financial and project management, literacy, and women’s rights. Through this grant, AGACFEM is able to develop its own capacity with specialized staff and office equipment.
2006$26,5882 years
This two-year grant supports the introduction and management of functional village technology by a rural women’s association in the Gueckedou border area of Guinea. The specially designed ‘multi-purpose platform’ is equipped with a 10-horsepower diesel engine which drives several machines such as a mill, hulling machine, battery charger and carpentry equipment while also distributing water and electricity. This reduces the workload of rural women and generates income for their association, which in turn funds other activities that benefit local women and their children.
2006$9,1466 months
This grant enables the participation of two representatives from AGACFEM at the World Social Forum (WSF) 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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