They stand with leaders and communities who are passionate and ready for change.
They’re crazy enough to believe that fighting poverty, injustice, and inequality is worth their efforts. And they’re even crazier to think that community insiders, not outsiders, are the best fighters.
They empower local leaders, not privileged outsiders, to be the change-makers their communities need. Their partners are the catalysts for community-owned change. Who can better address a community’s needs than someone who is from that community?
They’re about breaking the cycle of dependency. They're about leveling the playing field. They're about mobilizing community development project leaders to have a fair chance in the nonprofit and development field.
Cultivate International exists to develop and equip local leaders to build a foundation for sustainable community development. They work with community leaders across the globe to help them launch and lead projects that address poverty and the marginalization of their community, so that they can be the change-makers they hope to be. Together they can prepare these leaders to bring positive, lasting community transformation!
The history of Cultivate doesn't start with the launching of their programs, or even when I received that first piece of official paperwork. It goes back further than that. Though Cultivate International was started in early 2016, the idea for it came to me in 2010 while I was sitting on a patio in Nairobi, Kenya. I had just finished my Masters of International Development, and was in deep thought about the difficulties that I was seeing in Kenya, all around me.