Located in Southern Africa, Mozambique is a country with a population of 23.5 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonization, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, it was not until 1992 that the country experienced political stability. Between 1977 - 1992, civil unrest exacerbated the country social and economic stability. With an illiteracy rate of 56.1% and 82% of the population living under USD $2 a day poverty remains widespread in the country.
The Hunger Project has been working in Mozambique since 2006 and is empowering partners in three epicenter communities. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicenter Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with partners to successfully access the basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and lead lives of self-reliance.
Health and Nutrition
Mozambique is the first country in which The Hunger Project launched a new initiative in fish farm management. This exciting innovation in food security is improving economic stability and self-reliance in Zuza Epicenter through a technical partnership with Millennium Villages (MV). Fish farming activities are expected to grow as it is an activity that the government encourages.
During a busy second half of 2012, The Health Center in Chokwe Epicenter was successfully inaugurated. This Health Center represents much needed improvements in accessibility of vital health services. Furthermore, in light of the fact that services offered by the new clinic are carried out and run by the government the health center will strengthen Chokwe Epicenter’s relationship with the government.
Mobilization and Self-Reliance
In 2012 The Hunger Project-Mozambique emphasized its community mobilization activities to recruit new microfinance partners, recruiting 76 during the fourth quarter. This is particularly important to Chokwe epicenter, where The Hunger Project-Mozambique hopes to recognize its first rural bank in 2013. The recruitment of microfinance partners is a crucial step forward for all Microfinance Programs to receive official recognition as rural banks.
Through its Microfinance Program in the first half of 2012, The Hunger Project disbursed loans totaling $36,982. Partners in Mozambique deposited $5,364 in savings during the year (2012).