For nearly 60 years, Cuso International has connected with communities around the world to help end poverty and inequality and build opportunity. And we aren't stopping now. The world is reeling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s damaging to health, communities and livelihoods. And as bad as it is in North America, it's hitting the developing world even harder. Which makes our work more vital than ever.
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Cooking up hope
Dining rooms may be closed with this pandemic, but restaurants still play a vital role in their communities. Learn more about how marketing skills shared with staff will be key for this women-run restaurant in Myanmar.
Access to climate-resilient resources is more critical than ever for women farmers as they battle climate change and COVID-19. Learn more about how a new farming technique is helping them navigate through challenging times.
Every year, more than three million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation, an extreme violation of a person’s human rights. Learn more about how Cuso continues to work with local women leaders to advance equality during this health crisis.
Women are disproportionately affected whenever any disaster strikes, and the coronavirus is no exception. Learn more about why the rights of women and girls must be at the forefront of the world’s response to this pandemic.
Our Impact by the Numbers
For nearly 60 years, Cuso International has worked with over 15,000 volunteers in more than 100 countries to create opportunity, security and dignity for people in need — especially women and girls.
In the last year alone:
people have benefited from Cuso International programs and partnerships.
staff, partners, volunteers and donors have worked together to make a difference.
of beneficiaries were women and children, the most vulnerable members of society.
"These women taught me more about building resilience and perseverance than ever before. It was truly a gift to experience their resourcefulness and vibrant attitudes. Now I truly believe nothing can stop me from moving forward, with the right attitude."
-Amanda Klassen, Cuso volunteer and Business Development Speciality in the Philippines working with social enterprise supporting the livelihoods of rural women weavers.