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The Assisi Story

40 years ago, a Daughter of Mary nun from India travelled to rural Victoria to learn about farming practices. Sr. Stella had a dream – to provide the skills and means to disadvantaged communities to increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods. Her travelling companions on the way home were a herd of Friesian cows that she lent to Indian farmers to make an income. In support of her work, the farming community in rural Victoria that she had met through her study began supporting her projects. From humble beginnings, this small community initiative has now evolved into Assisi Aid Projects, an international non-government organisation (NGO) working in disadvantaged communities in India, Cambodia and Timor-Leste to reduce household and community poverty. Working in the areas of micro-credit, education, water and sanitation and maternal health, Assisi works directly with in-country partners to provide opportunities to improve the livelihoods of thousands of people.