Marlena

Papua New Guinea

We train other farmers in the skills CARE taught us… it can change the lives of the families when they learn these skills.

Marlena is multiplying the impact of the lessons she learnt by passing on her new skills to others.

“We train other farmers in the skills CARE taught us,” Marlena explains. After using her new skills to significantly increase her earnings from her cocoa plantation, Marlena was selected to be a model farmer — a role she takes very seriously: “It is a very important job because it can change the lives of the families when they learn these skills.”

Women now look to her for guidance on farming, budgeting and saving money, and she knows that her community and her family have a bright future ahead: “I didn’t make it to university, but my kids will.”

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Joya

Bangladesh

We want to change the number of female leaders on the production floor to be 50/50.

Joya is making sure women in her circle don’t just have a seat at the table, but occupy half the chairs.

“We want to change the number of leaders on the production floor to be 50 per cent women in the next year,” Joya says. She is one of the leaders at the garment factory she works at, where, despite having a predominantly female staff, “We have very, very few female leaders on the production floor.”

Joya is changing this by making sure women have the skills and experience to get promotions as well — helping them find training opportunities through CARE’s Empowering Women Workers project.

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Keang

Cambodia

I’m proud that I’m helping my students learn… I hope my students will achieve their dreams.

Keang is multiplying the impact of her specialised knowledge by ensuring those in her circle don’t get left behind.

“I’m proud that I’m helping my students learn and communicate,” says Keang, who was taught in two languages through CARE’s Multilingual Education project. “If it hadn’t been for the multilingual schools, my life would be so different … My parents were illiterate, but I know how to read and write in both Tampuen and Khmer.

Knowing the opportunities afforded her by being able to communicate in both her local and national languages, Keang makes sure she passes these skills on to her students.

“I hope my students will achieve their dreams”

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