We believe that for a project to be sustainable, the people affected by it will gain access to new skills, abilities, and resources so that the impact of the project will continue as the community incorporates those things into their lives. The Fig Tree Foundation seeks to impact as many lives as possible through supporting projects that can leverage their impacts to create change for as long as possible.
Please see below for examples of the projects Fig Tree Foundation has funded in the past.
LishaBora Hydroponics in Kenya
Engineers Without Borders
Since the pilot of the LishaBora project in 2015, 752 farmers have been positively affected by the project. In addition to the hydroponics system, veterinarians and agriculture technicians trained farmers in proper harvesting and silage techniques which allows feed to last much longer in storage.
Jambiani Tourism Training Institute Guesthouse in Tanzania
Hands Across Borders Society
As of 2020 the guest house portion of JTTI, Alibi’s Well, is a thriving and popular tourism institution. Alibi’s Well provides a free 2-year Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality to approximately 300 students per year which covers a variety of areas such as English, IT, Food Safety, and Tourism and Hospitality.
The Heroes Project in Ethiopia
Strong Hearts & the Impact Society
Since the pilot of the Heroes project, there has been a positive attitude and dedication in the youth enrolled. The courses were advertised informally through the Strong Heart center and community conversations- this led to a total of 15 enthusiastic youth completing the program.
Youth Media Nepal
Youth Media Nepal trained ten youth in the use of various media forms. With an equal ratio of girls and boys enrolled in the program, this project works toward equal opportunities to technology access which can be used to generate income.
Solar Panels in Guatemala
Light Up the World
Since Fig Tree Foundation funding in 2014, 350 Solar Panels were installed in Todos Santos. The residents paid a small fee to have solar panels installed and local technicians were given extensive training to manage the construction and repair of the units.
Business Development in Guatemala
Open to Grow
Open to Grow and their field partner, Namaste Guatemaya, launched the Business Development Program in 2012. The project delivered a basic business development program and microloans to Guatemalan women entrepreneurs living in poverty.
Sierra Leone Sewing Center
The project has had great impact on the Port Loko and Lungi communities including personal and family economic growth, increased household income and security, job creation, and better economic opportunities as well as an increased level of confidence in students who participated in the program.
Career Launching in Rwanda
The Strongest Oak Foundation
Ten ambitious Rwandan students were selected to partake in the internship program in 2014, with nine successfully finishing their placements. Of these students, eight now have reliable full-time positions that utilize their past education and skill-sets.