Empowering Women. Transforming Communities.

Foxglove Project is an Australian charity working to eradicate poverty in the

Developing World by empowering women and girls to change their own lives.

Grassroots Rwanda

Women’s Self Help Groups

More than 180,000 women in Rwanda have already joined an SHG and report amazing social, economic and human rights benefits... READ MORE

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Birds Nest India

Slum Homes for Pavement Dwellers

Before the women can access vocational training, take out small loans and start businesses they are required by Government... READ MORE

India Updated

Focus Cambodia

Secondary School Sanitation Project

Poor sanitation in Cambodia is commonplace, up to 80% of people living in rural Cambodia have no access to toilets... READ MORE

Cambodia Updated

The Foxglove Approach

It’s easy to see the needs in our world: clean water, food security, sanitation, education…but it’s difficult to identify how they can be addressed.

For decades, overseas aid has centred on Western generosity funding infrastructure and welfare support. But the returns have been far ‘poorer’ than expected; the gap has increased between the rich and the poor, and the poor have become poorer! We need to do something different.

Foxglove focuses on people development. Equipping & supporting people to provide for themselves. We work through in-country partners to identify a community’s poorest people, and invite them into local Self Help Groups to find friendship, training, access to finances and start micro businesses. This is the beginning.

The Foxglove approach may be slower and external change less dramatic but it’s sustainable. It empowers a woman and her community to pursue social, economic and political priorities that last a lifetime.

Why Women and Girls
Why Foxglove

Why Women and Girls

For decades, the world has tried to address poverty. There has been a considerable focus on the poverty indicators: clean water, nutrition, shelter, health and education. And a particular emphasis on the youngest victims, the children. Recent findings are concluding that if you want to address poverty, then invest in women. At the Foxglove Project, we totally agree. Whilst women are most often the single demographic most impacted by poverty in the Developing World, they are also the best mechanism for change. They are our greatest investment in a tomorrow marked by hope, self-determination and independence.

Foxglove focuses all of its energy into first helping women and girls for three reasons.


In everyday life, this saying rings true, ‘Women hold up half the sky’. But in many developing countries, women and girls are the most persecuted members of the community. In 2017, the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation was the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. The incidence of domestic violence against women, limited gains in maternal health, and depressingly low levels of access to global assets and resources, confirm a rising gender inequity. When you add the overwhelming lack of representation of women in positions of power, then the need to prioritise women and girl projects is both valid and unsurprising.


For every dollar a woman earns, she shares 80 cents with those about her. A woman will give all that she has to make sure her children get a better chance at life. But beyond that circle, she will lend a hand to her extended family and community. It means that gains experienced by women are shared gains. And she will work every dollar and every opportunity to see how she can provide that opportunity against all odds. In this way, everyone benefits. This not only improves the living conditions of others but raises their hopes and aspirations that life can be better. At heart, she’s a believer. Driven by hard work and desperation to make something out of nothing.


When a woman makes her way out of poverty, she takes five to nine others with her. It’s a startling statistic. It means that each time you help a woman, you can multiply the number by five and still underestimate the impact. How does this happen? A woman will join with others for companionship and care as much as for economic benefit or community influence. She will help others by sharing her knowledge, her support and her resources. And she will do so day after day, week after week. It’s a reflection of the integral importance of women to the progress and provision of herself, her family and her community.

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Foxglove Project

Have you heard the one about the Australian photographer, the English economist and the Rwandan NGO leader? ⁣

Geoff and Sheryl Bartlett have been partners and friends of Foxglove for the past five years. We initially met them in Perth, at a charity event, and since then, Geoff has left his long-term ⁣professional position in IT to pursue his love for telling stories through photos and short videos. The images on our social media, website and publications are almost totally reliant on Geoff’s gifting, time and talent — all send-funded too. He’s travelled with Foxglove to ⁣Cambodia, India and Rwanda on multiple occasions, and now he’s volunteering for three months with our Rwandan partner. ⁣

Sheryl is an Englishwoman who married an Australian, only to follow him on a worldwide adventure. After moving from Perth to Melbourne together to take up a senior economist role, Sheryl has taken 12 months leave to share her skills overseas in tandem with Geoff. Currently, she’s facilitating AEE’s five-year strategic plan, intent on helping the AEE Team identify clear goals, strategies and impact measurement to keep them motivated and aligned. ⁣

And John Kalenzi? Well, he’s the maestro; the conductor. The man behind the work we support with the women’s Self Help Groups. Not only wouldn’t we support this initiative without John, we simply couldn’t. It’s John who heard about the Self Help Groups in a European conference, then travelled to India to see it in practice and workshopped how it could be adapted ⁣for the Rwandan context. He set about gaining funds, training staff, and piloting the approach, riven up until today — there are now more than 240,000 women in groups, and that’s not even counting ⁣the organisations they’ve trained in other parts of Africa. ⁣

Foxglove is all about partnership, and when you read about the kind of partners we work with, we’re sure you can see why! 💙
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