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Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) partners with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to improve livelihoods through education, sustainable agriculture, and skill-building programs. Since RAIN was founded in 2001, we have grown to serve 19 communities and created unique programs that lead to educational advancement, improvements in health and well-being, and financial self-sufficiency.

RAIN’s programs tackle the interconnected problems of poverty, lack of education, and food and water insecurity that plague many rural and nomadic communities in Niger.

  • Our Education Programs create a pipeline enabling rural and nomadic children to attend and succeed in primary school and beyond. Our mentoring program pairs elementary and middle school students with local mentors who advocate for their continued education. In addition, our Agadez Learning Center provides a residence with tutoring, mentoring, and meals for students who lack the resources or ability to pursue secondary education in a larger city.
  • Our Sustainable Agriculture Program provides clean water, 3-season drip irrigated community gardens, and training in sustainable agricultural techniques, business practices and nutrition. This approach not only makes clean water available but ensures it is used efficiently to maximize food production and minimize waste.
  • Our Skills Building Programs empower women to establish Savings & Loans groups and implement herding initiatives that teach basic economic principles, develop entrepreneurial skills, and support women in creating their own opportunities to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

RAIN is a grassroots organization working in and with the communities we serve. In our 15+ year history, we have developed committed partners and created successful programs, all with the aim of supporting rural and nomadic peoples across Niger in their pursuit of sustainable livelihoods.

2017-2018 was a highly impactful year across program areas with 100% repayment of loans made to women entrepreneurs and 3x the agricultural yield of 2016-2017. Additionally, 100% of exam-year students in our pilot middle school program passed their exams on the first round! 

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Still have questions? Send us an email at or give us a call at 603-371-0676. We're always happy to talk about our work!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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