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SNV World

From Poverty to Opportunity

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SNV is committed to connecting over 40 million people to the opportunities they need to escape poverty by 2015. This is how we're making it happen. Learn more at www.snvworld.org.


Poverty has many causes. But what keeps people in poverty is unequal access to basic services and opportunities -- like clean water, affordable energy and income and employment.

Too often, communities don't have access to water and sanitation, women and children spend hours every day gathering fuel for energy, and farmers can't get the right prices for their crops.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

With more than 40 years' experience on the ground in developing countries, at SNV we've learned that it takes a smart approach to make development work.

So we focus on putting the tools of change in local hands, on tailoring solutions to local contexts, and on empowering people to change the systems that keep poverty in place.

It might be by helping build demand for sustainable water and sanitation services - creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs and building healthier communities.

Or supporting locally produced green energy solutions -- freeing women and children from labour and health problems, while helping preserve the environment.

Or helping farmers to work together, and connecting them directly to major buyers so they can sell their products for a fair price.

All of these things increase the quality of life for the people who need it most. And even better - they enable communities to guide their own development.

That's how we've improved the lives of millions of people since 1965 - by providing the tools to pave the way from poverty to opportunity.

And that's what we call Smart Development. Show less
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Gold of the Grassfields Play

Maize is the staple food of the people of the North-West Region of Cameroon. Maize has huge cultural value and importance in the lives of the people. The majority of maize farmers are women. Despite its importance, the productivity of maize is low, post-harvest losses are high and marketing strategies are not well developed. Because of this, the incomes of maize farmers remain far below potential.

Since 2011, SNV has been working to develop the maize value chain. Now, farmers are better organised, apply new farming techniques, know better how to conserve their maize and have improved their marketing skills. All this has allowed maize farmers to earn more and to bring change to their lives.

SNV in Laos: Develop New and Sustainable Livelihoods for Rural Lao People Play

Laos is a resource-rich, least developed country, bordered by some of the fastest moving Asian economies in the world -- China, Vietnam, and Thailand. We work with local partners and international agencies to capitalise on this regional growth. Our aim here is to develop new and sustainable livelihoods for rural Lao people, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive future for all. Have a look at our Inclusive Business projects in bamboo, rice and cassava, learn about our efforts to produce clean and efficient cookstoves and discover how we bring functioning water supplies and toilets to rural villages in Laos.

Water is Life Play

Access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right. Yet, globally some 2.5 billion people (more than one third of the world's population) lack access to proper sanitation and over 780 million people don't have access to reliable sources of drinking water.

Join us to find out how SNV's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) experts are working with partners around the world to ensure access to safe water and improved sanitation for those who need it most.

Making a Difference: Livestock market in Kenya Play

Kenyan livestock farmers improve their livelihoods

A few years ago, livestock farmers in the Samburu district were struggling to survive. They had to travel nearly 200 km, over poor roads, to sell their animals in extremely arid conditions and were then exploited by middlemen. They also experienced frequent loss and theft of their livestock along the way.

Since 2006, SNV has helped the farmers establish a weekly market closer to home. Not only do the farmers save on travel costs, they also avoid paying the middlemen, as now, the buyers come directly to them.
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