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What is FREE​ GROW

The FREE Fund invests in sustainable solutions to enhance economic resilience and empower adolescent girls, young women, and their communities. FREE is envisioned as a pooled funding mechanism designed to support the needs of adolescent girls and young women.


The first iteration of FREE Grow will focus specifically on women and girls in the floriculture, tea, and coffee sectors in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania).



FREE GROW will support proposals that advance women’s economic resilience in value chains and align with the vision and mission of the Fund. 


Through this fund, women are empowered to thrive in agricultural value chains through advancing gender equality practices and promoting economic and climate resilience. 


FREE Grow invests in local organisations that use intersectional approaches to advance gender equality in agricultural communities connected to global value chains.

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FREE is making decisions using participatory grantmaking models where an Advisory Committee comprised of five women leaders and regional panels of young women have the power over funding decisions. By creating a more equitable granting model, the Fund will be more likely to identify and choose the most effective programmes and support them in achieving maximum impact.


Between our Advisory Committee, who is making key decisions about eligibility criteria and grantmaking, and these regional panels, the applications will go through an anonymous screening process to ensure fairness in the selection process.


The Advisory Committee is comprised of women in the target regions who are making key decisions about the FREE Fund to ensure a fair process. The committee members were selected based on their expertise in grantmaking, gender justice, feminist principles, inclusion and economic empowerment. The Advisory Committee has committed to a Conflict of Interest statement that will guide their decision-making process within their FREE Fund responsibilities.

esther muhia -kenya
Hadijah Nankanja -Uganda
Hibiete tesfaye - ethiopia
solange umutoni- rwanda
katusime kafanabo - tanzania
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