11 March, 2017 by 3W
Virunga National Park
As our key priority, 3W provided the seed funding for an endowment to support the widows and children of the fallen rangers. We have also contributed the initial funds to build out the distribution network for the first 50 megawatts of power to be completed 2019.
6 February, 2017 by 3W
In order to move forward on two of our priorities in Latin America, Poverty Alleviation through Job Creation and Rainforest Preservation, we have partnered with Root Capital. This innovative organization utilizes a highly impactful model that not only increases the economic welfare of impoverished farmers and artisans, but also drives sustainable agriculture practices.
18 December, 2015 by 3W
Smart Electricity Solutions
Living without reliable electric lighting limits the productivity of nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Basic activities such as cleaning, reading, schoolwork, and household business cannot be done in the dark. Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting in rural areas of Asia and Africa where electrical distribution is either not available, or too costly […]
16 November, 2015 by 3W
Impact Investing in Education
With a four year commitment, 3W is one of the founding investors of Acumen Fund's Education and Employability Portfolio. Through our work with Partners in Health in Haiti and Pratham in India, 3W funds specific education programs. Our collaboration with Acumen is slightly different in that the Acumen Fund invests in private-sector companies that can provide basic services to the bottom of the pyramid, profitably and, therefore, sustainably.
12 November, 2015 by 3W
Smallholder Farmers: A Solution to Poverty
Smallholder farmers make up 75% of Africa’s poor. The vast majority live in remote areas of the continent, and are isolated from basic agricultural tools and trainings. As a result, they struggle to grow enough to feed their families, and face an annual “hunger season” of meal-skipping and substitution. In rural East Africa, 10% of […]
4 May, 2013 by 3W
The New Forests Company has established itself as East Africa’s largest and most successful sustainable forestry plantation company with operations in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique. The New Forests Company was founded in 2004 with the vision of creating a sustainable timber resource in East Africa amidst rampant deforestation. As one of the most fertile […]
18 January, 2011 by 3W
Aquaculture in Haiti
One of 3W's areas of focus in Haiti is job creation and increased economic opportunity. The lack of jobs is a symptom of the shortage of viable industries. We have partnered with Caribbean Harvest, a Haitian non-profit established by Val Abe, to help grow the fresh water fishing industry. Not only will Caribbean Harvest create sustainable incomes and a high-protein local food source, but the organization has a strong social agenda.
17 January, 2011 by 3W
Wildlife Conservation via Smart Agriculture
In April 2012, The World We Want Foundation initiated support of COMACO -- Community Markets for Conservation. COMACO employs an innovative model to successfully combat deforestation, poaching, and poverty in Zambia. The unique model is the brain child of Dr. Dale Lewis, a zoologist who has worked in Zambia for 30 years and witnessed first-hand the shortfalls of traditional conservation models. Dr. Lewis decided to come at the problem by addressing the root cause of poaching and deforestation -- poverty, through smart agriculture. The model then goes one step further by providing a supply chain, value-added processing, and access to national markets through the brand "It's Wild".
17 January, 2011 by 3W
Job Creation in Haiti
A major obstacle for Haiti is a lack economic opportunity. To address the issue, 3W teamed up with Root Capital and supplied the start-up funding to get Root Capital’s innovative model up and running in Haiti. Root Capital pioneers finance for small and growing businesses (SGBs) by providing capital, delivering financial management training, and strengthening market connections so that these businesses can lift rural communities out of poverty.
10 January, 2011 by 3W
Although 3W's focus is on poverty alleviation in developing countries, Paul Leander-Engström also wants to give back to the people and institutions that have influenced his life and career. 2011 is the first year of the Lejon Scholarship Award.