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Stories of Change

We connect global resources with local solutions so that young people can make bold, transformative changes in their lives, communities, and countries.

EMpower’s work stretches across the world, touching the lives of young people and communities in 15 emerging market countries. Young people’s voices and experiences shape all that we do.

Through the eyes of young people participating in programmes supported by EMpower, we can see their realities, personal growth, and leadership in making change happen. Through the stories of our grantee partners, we better understand their challenges, solutions, and contexts in which they work.

We are proud to share stories from young people and our partners that highlight the positive impact they are having in their communities and beyond. 

Meet some of the inspiring young people who have participated in EMpower-supported programmes in this video.

Pushing Boundaries in Rural Ghana

Hawa illustrates how young women are making a difference in farming and the new economy.

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An Entrepreneur Looks Back and Gives Back

“To me it’s all about helping people, empowering people to dream more, to do more, to inspire more.”

Read Sanyto's Story

Championing Peace and Scaling Change in Rio de Janeiro

Alan Duarte shares his story and speaks about the motivation behind starting his own organisation called Abraço Campeão (Champion Embrace) in Rio de Janeiro.

Read Alan's Story

A BRAVE Leader Speaks Out

Miche Williams pens a moving piece about her experiences at South African girls' organisation BRAVE.

Read Miche William's piece

Girls Leading the Way Out of COVID

Cyclone Yaas brought widespread destruction to the coastal region of West Bengal, India earlier this year. Girl leaders, who had been trained and mentored by a former EMpower grantee partner, Nishtha, some years ago, proved key to the local response.

Read Nishtha's Story

Helping to Make Dreams a Reality in Rural Brazil

"Onda Solidária helped me to believe in myself and gave me courage to reach for my goals.”

Read Marcos' Story

Tinh's REACH Journey to a Full Scholarship

After participating in REACH programmes, Tinh became confident, improved his English language skills, and found a path out of poverty.

Read Tinh's Story

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