"WE touch and own this project" - James, head of Barlonyo, Uganda co-op
a simple, transparent, scalable, sustainable, community-building, income-generating, peace-building, agriculture and conservation initiative...really!
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
an agriculture and conservation initiative
thousands of seedlings
to combat erosion, drought and poaching
thousands of coffee and fruit saplings
to generate income
We're working with 8 national parks, a conservancy and 1 protected forest
micro-finance initiative and hands on workshop,
providing small livestock to compost animal manure and other organic material into healthy, FREE, sustainable fertilizer
"A charitable dollar has only one life; a Social Business dollar can be invested over and over again."
"In my experience, poor people are the world's greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income."
-Dr. Mohammad Yunnis
Paula tells you about us...
Drs. Jane Goodall & Mohammed Yunnis and The Guardian Project share a focus on social and personal responsibility and the importance of giving in an empowering and sustainable way.
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An insight into who we are
social business mentoring
developing strategies for successful entrepreneurship and community development
facilitating sustainable independence
Success in protecting wildlife habitats in Africa “depends on creating programs that are controlled and embraced by the local people.
I am pleased to endorse Rita and Jeff’s project...crop yields increase, food production increases, and people are able to generate an income...I commend Rita and Jeff for their commitment to this innovative, effective program and I wish them great success."
Facilitating our first cooperative
back in 2010
After years of handouts, organizations and stakeholders are realizing that the future of development must be regenerative and sustainable; a hand up.
So we have become consultants to organizations-
private, government and NGO-
to introduce and incorporate our methodology into their existing programs.
Having already spent years in philanthropy, and having their own family foundation, Rita & Jeff Rayman knew that charitable handouts have proven to be mostly ineffective & unsustainable, and strip people of their independence & dignity.
“With The Guardian Project, we facilitate a lasting and regenerative change, in a way that we are almost invisible in the process, other than having seeded that change."
The Guardian Project
the currency is seeds
planted by individuals and groups
The Guardian Project currently works with 12,000+ families, and continues to expand,
in Rwanda (23 cooperatives),
Northern Uganda (16 cooperatives),
Eastern D.R. Congo (16 cooperatives),
Tanzania (5 communities)
Kenya (2 communities)
as well as small initiatives in Togo and Bhutan.
We focus on women as they are the backbone of a healthy community.
We concentrate on cooperatives bordering national parks, because a stable community does not poach the animals and trees within.
Our presence in conflict-ridden areas supports farming as a successful alternative to picking up weapons and an opportunity to lay down weapons.
Our presence in post-conflict areas helps communities re-build.
We emphasize regeneration, sustainability and scalability as key to success.