Projects and Partners

 

Southern Partners

Bolivia 

AGRECOL Andes foundation

Fundación AGRECOL-Andes is a civil society organization based in Cochabamba, Bolivia that promotes sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology.  Established in 2001, it works with rural and indigenous communities to share information and to develop their capacities for strengthened local economic opportunities, food security and food sovereignty, as well as sustainable use of natural resources.  The ultimate goal is to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of small-holder farmers and indigenous families in the Andes.  AGRECOL-Andes actively shares and documents local knowledge and experiences, as well as manages and disseminates this information, promotes participatory methodologies, and provides capacity building and training to small-scale producers.  In 2013, Crossroads and AGRECOL-Andes began working together to support capacity building and local economic initiatives with rural associations; in particular, strengthening business management, marketing and value chains for production, transformation, and commercialization of local organic products for local or regional markets.   

web.agrecolandes.org

Asociación Nacional Ecuménica de Desarrollo (ANED)

The Asociación Nacional Ecuménica de Desarrollo (ANED) is a microfinance institution providing financial services (mainly micro-credit loans) to rural and economically marginalized populations in Bolivia. ANED prioritizes rural and peri-urban localities because of their relative lack of access to such services. In keeping with the organization’s rural-oriented mandate, the loan portfolio is dominated by agricultural/farming-related loans. Often, smallholder agricultural producers are unable to procure the necessary financing from banks and other institutions due to a lack of credit history, lack of collateral, or simply because of the “risky” nature of agricultural sector activities. ANED offers a range of financing options, from individual loans, to group and association loans, to communal bank loans. As such, ANED aims to better conditions of access to financing and other auxiliary financial services for producers and rural entrepreneurs, according to their needs and requirements, leading to better quality of life, improved productivity and increased household incomes. Since its inception in 1978, ANED has provided US$70,000,000 in capital and loans through its 42 offices located across all nine departments of Bolivia. ANED has been working in partnership with Crossroads International since 1999, to strengthen institutional capacity as well as deepen its impact and broaden the reach of its microfinance services in support of economic and social development.

aned.org

Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores Ecológicos de Bolivia (AOPEB)

The Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores Ecológicos de Bolivia (AOPEB) is a national organization representing eighty-five (85) organic producer organizations which in turn represent over 70,000 ecological small-holder producers throughout all nine Departments of Bolivia.  Founded in 1991, AOPEB promotes sustainable agriculture; organic market development; food security; and food sovereignty.  Its programs and services focus on capacity building and organizational strengthening of its member organizations via training and technical assistance in matters such as: sustainable production methods and technologies, commercialization and transformation, marketing, and development of business / managerial competencies.  AOPEB also actively participates in political advocacy with respect to sustainable production systems and ecological norms (e.g. certification, regulations, etc.).   In 2013, Crossroads and AOPEB began a collaboration to support program development and services focused on rural youth participation in agriculture, rural producer organizations and/or “eco-social “enterprises.      

aopeb.org

Pro-Rural

Pro-rural is a Bolivian NGO working in value chain finance (small and medium enterprise or SME financing) and rural development. Pro-rural promotes the improved quality of life of rural producers, by facilitating sustainable economic development processes that favour their inclusion and the development of connections between stakeholders along the value chain (i.e. suppliers, processors, buyers). The overall objective of the organization is to support small rural producers and their organizations/enterprises with an appropriate combination of financial and non-financial services in order to have influence on capital accumulation and the development of productive and management competencies in rural areas. Pro-rural has been working with Crossroads since 2007. The partnership is strengthening Pro-rural’s capacity to assist rural enterprises and campesina (peasant) economic organizations (OECAs). In 2010, Crossroads and Pro-Rural launched a tripartite partnership with the First Nations Agricultural Association (FNAA) based in British Columbia.

prorural.org.bo

Burkina Faso 

Association D’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP)

Founded in 1995, Association D’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP) has been committed to fighting for the recognition and respect of girls’ rights in Burkina Faso. Their main objective is to improve the legal status and the socio-economic living conditions of girls covering various areas such as sexual harassment in schools, early and/or forced marriage, sexual and reproductive health, literacy, or economic empowerment of girls through income-generating activities.

Since 2016, Crossroads International has worked with ADEP and combined their experience and expertise by forging a partnership centered mainly on projects that aim to strengthen the economic empowerment of women, especially girls. The main objectives of the collaboration between ADEP and Crossroads are to strengthen the capacities of ADEP staff and support projects focusing on women’s economic empowerment.

www.pugsada.org

Coalition Burkinabé pour les Droits de la femme (CBDF)

La Coalition Burkinabé pour les Droits de la Femme (CBDF) is a network of 15 NGOs and associations with a diversity of skills and the common goal of improving women's rights at the national and regional level. CBDF’s work revolves around promoting equality between men and women, promoting women’s citizenship and their effective participation in politics and fighting violence against women.
Together, Crossroads International and the CBDF are committed to fighting against forced and early marriages of girls.

courantsdefemmes.free.fr/Assoces/Burkina/CBDF/CBDF.html

PAG-LA-YIRI- Association des femmes

Created in 1975, the PAG-LA-YIRI- Association des femmes contributes to the empowerment of rural women by responding to their daily needs and concerns. The association works to facilitate the creation of a socio-cultural context more favorable to women, the creation of a platform where they can share their experience to promote women's access to information, and the inclusion of women in the local economy through income-generating activities.

Crossroads International has been working with the PAG-LA-YIRI Association since 2014, focusing mainly on projects that target the economic empowerment of rural women in different sectors of activities such as soap production, agriculture, and service business.

paglayiri.org

Réseau d’Appui à la Citoyenneté des Femmes Rurales d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Tchad (RESACIFROAT)

The Réseau d’Appui à la Citoyenneté des Femmes Rurales d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Tchad (RESACIFROAT)’s main objective is to give rural women access to decision-making platforms around environment and natural resources. They organize, in different countries, workshops addressing issues related to environment and natural resources to enable women to become involved in the society and develop their skills. These workshops led to the implementation of reforestation, desertification control and energy saving activities.
Crossroads works with RESACIFROAT on increasing women’s leadership and political representation.

www.resacifroat.org

Association Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (SEMUS)                                                                                                   

Founded in 1991, the Association Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (SEMUS) fights poverty in Burkina Faso. They have programs for youth and women’s empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Since 2016, Crossroads International has been working with SEMUS on projects that target the economic empowerment of rural women in different sectors of activities including agriculture and service business. The main objectives of the collaboration between SEMUS and Crossroads are to fight poverty and to support projects focused on women economic empowerment of women.

Ghana

Abantu for Development

Founded in 1991 by African women living in London, Abantu for Development strives to eradicate the entrenched cultural, legal and political obstacles to women attaining economic independence and equality before the law. It aims to ensure the advancement of women's interests, benefiting men and women as equal partners. Abantu's approach to development is based on a people-centered philosophy, one that is participatory, African and gender-centered. Abantu has been working with Crossroads International in a partnership project since 2007 that is seeing them collaborate with the YWCA of Canada.

www.abantunig.org

Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG)

NEWIG was founded in 2002 as a skills development and gender employment non-profit organisation with the goal of improving the conditions of the less privileged in society, more specifically women. NEWIG works to create a much needed platform for women, so that they have access to vocations (economic empowerment), good health and sustainable lifestyles as well as political leverage in society. NEWIG's mission is to improve the socio-economic and political status of women in Ghana, particularly the poor, marginalized and vulnerable. Their goals are to empower women to attain and play leadership roles in society, make women aware of their right and get women into gainful employment.

empowerweb.org

Pro-Link

Founded in 1993, Pro-Link works to bring about development opportunities for the rural poor, especially women and girls. Its mission is to advocate for and empower disadvantaged people to improve their health, educational and socio-economic status. To achieve its objectives, Pro-Link’s efforts embrace a broad cross-section of rural development and advocacy issues, including reproductive health and education, HIV/AIDS, child survival, income generation, vocational training, and food security. Pro-Link has supported successful programs in six districts and 70 communities in Ghana. Pro-Link has been a working with Crossroads International since 2006.

prolinkgh.org 

Women in Law and Development-Ghana (WiLDAF-Ghana)

WiLDAF Ghana is a non-governmental organization committed to the protection and promotion of women’s rights. It is a member of the pan-African WiLDAF network, active in 31 countries across the African continent. WiLDAF works to improve women’s access to justice as well as increase women’s participation in democracy through a combination of advocacy, training, legal literacy, education and research.

WiLDAF is a member of NetRight, the network for women’s rights in Ghana, and also benefits from the support from its pan-African network. The organization demonstrates great leadership in advocacy locally, nationally and internationally through its collaborative work with members and coalitions. For example, WiLDAF was instrumental in the adoption of the Protocol on the Rights of Women to the African Charter and was extremely active in lobbying for the adoption of the Ghana Domestic Violence Act. WiLDAF has been working with Crossroads International since 2007 in a partnership project which also involves the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)

wildaf.org

Mali

Association Jeunesse Action Mali (AJA-Mali)

Association Jeunesse Action Mali (AJA-Mali) an NGO founded in 1993, supports job creation through education, skills development, and professional placements for youth. One of Bamako’s most respected NGO’s, AJA-Mali supports youth through a number of targeted programs: classroom-based curricula for ages 6 to 14, classroom-based curricula for ages 9 to 16, skills training placements for youth aged 15 to 18 and professional placements and small business creation programs for youth aged 18 to 35. Its programs have led to the creation of numerous enterprises producing items such as toys or furniture. Since 2007, AJA-Mali has been part of a partnership project with Crossroads International, which also involves the SADC Centre-de-la-Mauricie aimed at providing Malian youth with job skills and training in entrepreneurship.

ajamali.org

Association malienne pour la promotion des jeunes (AMPJ)

Founded in 1989, the AMPJ is a Malian NGO dedicated to increasing the income of women through the promotion of income-generating activities, and offers training, equipment and microcredit. It also works to promote grassroots community organization and to improve the quality of education. AMPJ has actively supported the development of the COPROKAZAN shea butter collective involving women from the Zantiébougou region of Mali. AMPJ has worked with Crossroads International since 2000 and has began work with the ECOF – CDEC of Trois-Rivières on a Crossroads partnership project in 2006.

ampj-mali.org

Association pour le Développement des Activités de Production et de Formation (ADAF/GALLE)

Founded in 1988, the mission of the Association pour le Développement des Activités de Production et de Formation (ADAF/GALLE) is to participate in the promotion and development of women’s production activities in the areas of agriculture, environment, hydraulics, technology, health and education.

With its head office in Bamako, the organization operates in three regions, five zones, ten municipalities and forty-eight villages and neighbourhoods in Mali. It is active within fifty production organizations, twenty five of which are women’s groups. The ADAF/GALLE specializes in promoting women’s rights, in reinforcing the production capacity of local organizations and institutions, in environment and sustainable agriculture, and in helping women gain access to equipment and markets.

adafgalle.e-sud.fr

Kilabo

Created in 1984, Kilabo is one of the first NGOs established in Mali. It works to increase the development of the most vulnerable communities in Mali using a participatory approach, supporting community organizations by providing training, tools and other relevant means. Kilabo contributes to the emergence of grassroots groups capable of effectively participating in local development initiatives and works to create the conditions that enable the participation of disadvantaged groups in economic and political activities. Kilabo also aims to instill a respect for the environment. Kilabo works with more than a hundred villages in the regions of Koulikoro and Sikasso. Kilabo has worked in partnership with Crossroads since 1994. In 2008, the Centre mauricien de service et d'éducation populaire (COMSEP) in Québec joined Crossroads and Kilabo in a tripartite partenership.

association-kilabo.org

Réseau national d’appui à la promotion de l’économie sociale et solidaire du Mali (RENAPESS)

The Réseau national d’appui à la promotion de l’économie sociale et solidaire du Mali (RENAPESS), created in 2003, is a group of 60 social enterprises sharing a common goal: to promote the social economy. RENAPESS is helping to build a new way of living and thinking about the economy, while respecting democratic values. It’s a practice that aims for a world with better social and economic conditions, and that embraces sustainable development. As a network of social and economic actors, and Mali-based support organizations, RENAPESS works to incite behaviour and values based on ethics, equality, responsibility and common ground, in the interest of creating conditions locally that will permit humanitarian social and economic development. Crossroads supports this organization’s work, specifically its youth projects.

Senegal  

Association pour la promotion de la femme sénégalaise (APROFES)

APROFES works to support the socio-economic and cultural development of Senegalese women and to increase the role of women in decision-making. The organization was founded in 1987 by members of a cultural association called “Mag Daan”, who believed that development efforts were failing because they did not take into account the needs of women. APROFES’ projects are focused on raising awareness of women’s rights, increasing the social, political and economic role played by women, enabling better access by women to health services, increasing women’s economic independence and reducing violence against women. APROFES is also an important player in the Senegalese women’s movement through its coalition work at the national level. Crossroads and APROFES have been partners since 2007. APROFES has recently begun working in a Crossroads International partnership project which also involves the women’s shelter, l’Escale de l’Estrie, based in Sherbrooke.

aprofes.org

Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et Pastorales du Sénégal (RESOPP)

Established in 2002, the Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et Pastorales du Sénégal (RESOPP) is a legally recognized union of rural cooperatives whose members work mainly in agriculture and livestock, as well as related processing and marketing activities. RESOPP’s mission is to “help improve, in a supportive and sustainable way, the living conditions of Senegal’s rural populations, through viable cooperative institutions that provide efficient and adapted services in production, processing and microfinance.” As a farmers’ organization managed by and for producers, RESOPP does not undertake its own projects, but rather offers collective support to member cooperatives. Through its activities, the union reaches more than 30,000 farmers who work in the network’scooperatives.

resopp-sn.org

Union Nationale des Femmes Coopératrices du Sénégal (UNFCS) 

Since its foundation in 1996, the Union Nationale des Femmes Coopératrices du Sénégal (UNFCS) has positioned itself as a lever of economic and social development in Senegal. Focused mainly on rural communities, its activities aim, namely, to build women’s self-confidence, as well as enable them to acquire specialized skills and master specific techniques, improve their position within the home, and increase their income. UNFCS works mainly in food and cereal processing, dyeing and soap-making. With a goal to represent women’s interests at the national level, UNFCS currently reaches more than 15,000 women in 10 regions.

unfcs.org

Swaziland

Family and Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS)

The FLAS vision is a country that ensures its young people enjoy good health as a fundamental right, live free from HIV and AIDS, and have the confidence and capacities to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable livelihoods of self and others. To meet this vision, the mission of FLAS is to remain the leading organization in the field of youth sexual and reproductive health services including HIV and AIDS in Swaziland through the delivery of innovative, youth-focused services; the sharing of best practices and knowledge; through advocacy and partnerships; and sustainable, gender-sensitive service delivery models that result in the prevention and reduction of unwanted pregnancies, maternal morality, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, unsafe abortions and gender-based violence.

Gone Rural boMake

Gone Rural boMake, the not-for-profit arm of Gone Rural, was established in 2006 to assist the artisans and producers of Gone Rural.  With commitment to sustainable social responsibility and Fair Trade principles, Gone Rural has successfully created a business model that empowers rural women by providing them with home based income and skills training. Gone Rural provides a regular source of income generation to more than 760 women, and Gone Rural boMake complements this by implementing social programs benefitting these women and their communities. Gone Rural boMake positively impacts the lives of more than 6000 people through education, health, and social programs. With their support, clean drinking water has been provided in ten communities, they have paid school fees for orphans and vulnerable children, trained HIV/AIDS peer educators, and created access to a mobile wellness clinic. In addition to service delivery in the communities, Gone Rural boMake has also been actively implementing awareness programs related to women’s rights, violence against women, and governance.

goneruralswazi.com/bomake

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA)

Founded in 1990, SWAGAA is a leader in the fight against gender-based violence in Swaziland. SWAGAA has worked for over a decade to bring the abuse of women and children into the public eye and to the attention of decision-makers, through advocacy, education, and media work. In addition, SWAGAA provides counselling and other services to victims of abuse and has recently increased its involvement in programs designed to prevent abuse, including an innovative project for engaging men. SWAGAA has taken part in regional efforts to stem gender-based violence and hosted an international conference on preventing abuse in 2005. SWAGAA has been working in partnership with Crossroads International since 2003.

swagaa.org.sz

Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT)

Based in Swaziland, Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT) entered a partnership with Crossroads in 2015.  SWIFT is composed of companies who produce high quality handcraft in Swaziland. SWIFT ensures each company aligns with the Principles of Fair Trade and is committed to helping its members and artisans to grow their businesses by encouraging and facilitating trade. SWIFT is constantly exploring new market opportunities both locally and internationally, while promoting members with potential customers. They promote fair trade as a business concept that supports justice in trade with the goal of improving the livelihoods of producers and workers. SWIFT advocacy aims at raising awareness and influencing decision makers to make changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade.

www.swazifairtrade.org/

Tanzania

Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP Mtandao)

Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP Mtandao)  is a leading gender organization in Tanzania.  Their goal is to increase the engagement of grassroots women and other marginalized groups in their mission to build a transformative feminist movement for social and gender transformation. Established in 1993, as a liaison between the grassroots population and policy makers, they aim to transform Tanzania society to achieve gender equality, equity,  women's empowerment and social justice. TGNP has made substantial contributions stimulating public debate and activism on policy and other social issues affecting women and marginalized social groups. The organization’s focus areas are equality advocacy, gender budgeting, women’s participatory community research and development, policy analysis, and women’s participation and representation in politics and decision-making processes. The beneficiaries include women and girls as well as marginalized groups and communities with poor access to resources. TGNP operates a Gender Training Institute that provides gender training and capacity development services to women, government officials, grassroots and community organizations, higher learning institutions, international development organizations, faith-based organizations, and individuals. TGNP is the organizer of the International Gender Festival, a bi-annual major pan African networking event that brings together feminists from across the African continent and beyond.  Crossroads International’s new partnership with TGNP is focused on support to women’s leadership and political participation.   In 2016 Crossroads International facilitated South-South volunteer exchanges with ABANTU Leadership Institute in Ghana so both organizations learnt from their different experiences in their gender advancement work.  Further Canadian volunteer exchanges have  strengthened TGNP's capacity in communication and monitoring and evaluation.  TGNP's capacity in implementing integrated agriculture model was also enhanced through a South-South exchange between TGNP and another Crossroads partners from Togo, La Colombe.  

tgnp.org

Kilimanjaro Women’s Information Exchange and Consultancy (KWIECO)

Kilimanjaro Women’s Information Exchange and Consultancy (KWIECO) is a human rights and gender organization focused on achieving a society that respects equal rights through education and the provision of access to justice and economic empowerment for women and marginalized population sectors. Based in Moshi, in the Kilimanjaro region, KWIECO was founded in 1987.   Its main programs include legal human rights and gender education; legal counseling; litigation; lobbying and advocacy; women’s economic empowerment; and social support to survivors of gender based violence and child abuse. KWIECO works closely with local governments and maintains strong networks with other organizations advocating for passing laws in favour of women and children. In addition, KWIECO has a shelter project for women fleeing abuse. Crossroads International has been working with KWIECO since 2015 to increase access to justice, advocacy for the protection of women’s and girls’ rights; prevention of gender based violence; and organizational capacity building.  In 2016 Crossroads International launched a partnership with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter in Toronto to support KWIECO's shelter institutional and programming capacity in assisting women and children fleeing violence. Crossroads is also providing KWIECO support in organizational capacity building and program implementation through which KWIECO staff gained new skills in web editing and management, accounting systems coordination, and use of monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

www.kwieco.org

Togo

Groupe de réflexion et d’action, Femme, Démocratie et Développement / Centre de Recherche, d’Information et de Formation pour la Femme (GF2D/CRIFF)

GF2D-CRIFF was founded in 1992 to increase women’s participation in public life and to ensure the civil, economic and political rights of women are legally protected. GF2D establishes the organization’s policies, while CRIFF implements their programming. GF2D-CRIFF runs seven legal aid offices, a reference center on women’s rights and offers specialized training on gender issues. Its work focuses on three sectors: legal services for women (including the training of over 600 paralegals working across the country), public education on the rights of women and the promotion of women’s leadership and participation in civil service, politics and public life. GF2D-CRIFF is a well-respected member of Togolese civil society and has been working for over fifteen years in the face of an unstable political situation and a total lack of foreign aid – a testament to the organization’s determination. Since 2004, GF2D-CRIFF has been one of only two NGO’s invited to take part in the national dialogue aimed at resolving Togo’s political crisis, which has persisted since the 1990’s. GF2D-CRIFF has been a partner of Crossroads International since 2007.

gf2d-criff.org

ONG La Colombe

ONG La Colombe was created in 1990, in Lomé, by women of various professions all motivated to fight against poverty and defend women and children’s health in Togo. The organization's mission is to provide quality services that meet the true needs of women and children through integrated and holistic actions. They are fighting for a just, equitable and democratic society where women and children can live to their full potential. ONG La Colombe is recognized as a reputable organization, capable of fulfilling its mission, influencing policy development, developing concrete actions in favor of women and children and encouraging women and girls to acquire a higher education. Since 2012, ONG La Colombe works in partnership with Crossroads International to strengthen gender equality, promote women entrepreneurship and the rights of children.

ngolacolombetogo.org

Canadian Partners

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

Established in 1985, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario.  In her memory, the clinic assists approximately 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. They amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience in an effort to change the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality. The clinic offers legal help in family, immigration, criminal and sexual assault law as well as therapeutic counselling and information to groups and individuals.

schliferclinic.com

CETAB+ : Centre d'expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité du Cégep de Victoriaville *

Officially launched in 2010, CETAB+ is a centre that supports the Quebec organic farming sector by providing aid in organic agriculture through education, research, and technical assistance. Its mission is to develop organic agriculture and contribute to the prosperity of businesses in the sector as well as foster local agri-food systems that are beneficial for businesses and our society. To carry out its mission, CETAB+ provides information, applied research, technology transfer, studies, and analyses. These services are offered in various disciplines such as soil science, plant science, plant protection (weed science, entomology, plant pathology), and agroecology.

www.cetab.org

Centre d’entrepreneuriat Alphonse Desjardins (CEADS)

The Centre d’entrepreneuriat Alphonse Desjardins, inaugurated in the Fall of 2012, is an eco-system to support the small business incubator and increase the chances of survival and growth of small and medium-sized businesses in Shawinigan. The city made a shift towards entrepreneurship with the creation of its Economic Diversification Committee in 2008 and its Entrepreneurial Community in 2009. This change led to the introduction of many small and medium-sized companies and, now, CEADS is committed to actively participate in the development of entrepreneurship and the creation of companies by helping project leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed.

www.ceads.ca

COADY International Institute

Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the COADY International Institute is a learning organization focused on community-based development and leadership education. The Institute is committed to reducing poverty and transforming societies by strengthening local economies, by building resilient communities, and by promoting social accountability and good governance. The COADY Institute strives to break down and transform the North/South divide by bringing Canadians and people from the global South together to exchange innovations and learn from each other. Through adult education programs, effective partnerships, and applicable research, the COADY Institute is equipping community leaders and their organizations with the knowledge and practical tools needed to enhance their performance.

www.coady.stfx.ca/

Convergence, coopérative d’expertes conseils Bureau du Québec

Convergence, coopérative d’expertes conseils is a cooperative of consultants who provide personalized consulting services for every stage of an organization’s life cycle. They are committed to providing services that are adapted to their clients’ needs and situations in an effort to create change and improve people’s living and working conditions. In addition, Convergence has supported the creation of new portals, events, and collective structures as well as custom-tailored facilitation and community action tools. Their services, which can help preserve or restore the health of a group or business, are grouped according to their three principal focuses: creating conditions conducive to organizational development, preservation of expertise and achievements, and resolving challenges.

convergence.coop

Enablis

Founded in 2003, Enablis is a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship. Their mission is to support small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs who create jobs in developing and emerging countries, leading to sustainable economic development. To carry out their mission, Enablis identifies SME entrepreneurs with high potential for growth, nurtures their professional and personal development, and provides them with networking, coaching, mentoring, and skills acquisition.

www.enablis.org

Ernestine's Women's Shelter in Etobicoke, Ontario

Founded in 1983, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter was formed by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine's has assisted more than 6,000 families with critical immediate care services. They also assist women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine's adapts its services to the unique needs of the individual. Furthermore, Ernestine's promotes awareness, education and advocates for early intervention and prevention.

www.ernestines.ca

First Nations Agricultural Association (FNAA)

The FNAA is a member-based association which seeks to foster the social and economic well being of aboriginal businesses in British Columbia.  FNAA believes that agriculture is the cornerstone of economic development for all nations. FNAA assists in the start-up, promotion and sustainability of Aboriginal agri-businesses in British Columbia by: assisting Aboriginal communities and producers to build capacity and develop their agriculture, agri-food, or traditional agricultural based businesses through the provision of culturally appropriate assistance, marketing, education, and financial products and services; and promoting and advocating on behalf of Aboriginal agriculture in British Columbia.  FNAA provides agricultural credit, business support services, marketing of agri-food products, hands on education and training as well as youth development programs. FNAA has been working with Pro-Rural through a Crossroads partnership project since 2010.

The Green Beaver Company

Green Beaver is a family enterprise founded in 2002 by a biochemist, Karen Clark and a microbiologist, Alain Ménard. They both left the pesticide and pharmaceutical industries to start a new healthier and more natural life. Green Beaver’s mission is to help people reduce the amount of toxic chemical ingredients they are exposed to and that ultimately pollute our environment. Green Beaver relies on pure, natural ingredients to bring to clients safe alternatives to common household cleaning and personal care products.

greenbeaver.com

John Howard Society in York, Ontario

Founded in 2010, the John Howard Society of York Region is a non-profit organization that aims to produce programming that will reduce crime and repair the social and individual harm that crime causes. The society carries out their mission through various programs that pursue the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law. They promote humane changes in the law and the administration of justice and promote the fair and humane treatment of all incarcerated persons.

johnhoward.on.ca/

La Cité Écologique de Ham-Nord

Founded in 1984, La Cité Écologique is an eco-village located in Ham-Nord, where residents give priority to education and sustainable development based on respect for all living things. They offer an alternative lifestyle where businesses, community and sustainability are intertwined. La Cité Écologique carries out their mission by financially supporting the development of the eco-village, maintaining an inter-generational and fulfilling way of living, and integrating a supportive social, cultural and spiritual way of living while respecting each other.

citeecologique.org

Maytree Foundation in Toronto

Founded in 1982, the Maytree Foundation in Toronto is dedicated to creating solutions to poverty by advancing systemic solutions and strengthening civic communities. Through their human rights approach, Maytree strives to safeguard economic and social rights for all people living in Canada in order to fix the systems that create poverty. To carry out their mission, Maytree support leaders, organizations and civic communities by developing and sharing knowledge, strengthening learning, and mobilizing action to further economic and social rights.

maytree.com

Papillon MDC

Papillon MDC was founded in 2010, by Dr. Mirella De Civita with the sole purpose to transform lives by helping leaders worldwide improve their relationships with self, others, and the larger social environment. They accomplish this purpose by leveraging their expertise in leadership, developmental psychology, corporate management, and knowledge transfer.  When you partner with them, you make a commitment to awakening and optimizing the potential of your leaders; thereby, gaining a competitive advantage in the market place. 

papillonmdc.ca

 

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