Many of our community partners prioritize education, and we support them in various ways. Our scholarship program directly supports the education of secondary and university students in Ecuador, not only with funding, but also with supplemental summer courses. In addition to supporting individual students, Tandana also supports local schools at their request. Tandana volunteers have helped install computer labs and libraries as well as working alongside community members to build additional space for schools. We also support local teachers who serve their communities.
In Mali, women in communities where Tandana has worked asked for literacy and numeracy classes so they could be more independent in the market and improve their ability to support their families. The literacy program has grown to include students in more than 30 villages. They've also participated in trainings in leadership and association management so they can network their micro-enterprises and take a larger role in local decision-making. We have also supported schools in acquiring furniture and in adding a local teacher to their faculty.