Rabobank Foundation is to contribute to the 3rd World Conference of Women's Shelter

Published: Oct 6 2015

The Rabobank's social fund will speak of the importance of economic empowerment both in developing countries and in the Netherlands.

Rabobank Foundation is committed to empowering people in need worldwide. The fund makes donations and loans to organisations that are aligned with its mission and provides assistance in the form of expertise, also through the Rabobank network.

Economic empowerment in India

India is one of the countries where Rabobank Foundation is active. In rural India a large portion of the population lives below the poverty line. Women are often especially disadvantaged. To improve the position of women in Nizamabad, a dairy cooperative known as the Intivelugu Mahila Dairy (IMD) was set up. Rabobank Foundation initially supported the cooperative by making a donation that was used to improve the quality of the milk and strengthen the organisation. To facilitate further growth and increase capacity, the Foundation subsequently provided a loan that funded micro loans for about 1,000 female dairy farmers. This enables the women to increase the size of their herd and produce more milk. 

To learn more about this project and how Rabobank Foundation operates, attend the workshop on 4 November.

Economic empowerment in the Netherlands

Rabobank Foundation is also actively involved in helping women rebuild their lives in the Netherlands. Some of these women are survivors of human trafficking. The Foundation supports the Not for Sale organisation, which provides job training to help these women develop their skills. The education, training and coaching offered by Not For Sale give survivors of human trafficking new opportunities in the labour market and the prospect of a brighter future.  To learn more about this project and how Rabobank Foundation operates, attend the workshop on 4 November.

Gerlinde Silvis, Director Human Resources at Rabobank and a member of the Supervisory Board will discuss these projects on Wednesday 4 November. 

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