RAIN partners with women in Niger, West Africa to create various cooperative enterprises. RAIN provides materials, equipment, marketing assistance and training. Each cooperative agrees to set aside a significant percentage of their profits, generally 50%, fpr their children's schools. The members earn, become involved in education, gain confidence and enter RAIN literacy classes.
Bringing simple technology - rulers, knives, gridded cutting boards - and modern designs to nomadic women artisans moved them from selling their handcrafted goods for paltry sums to local merchants to being able to access, through RAIN, western markets and prices. They gain independence, widen their world and donate 50% of their earnings to support their local schools, earning community respect.