In May 2010, women leaders from across Bangladesh participated in the Third Women's Convention of The Hunger Project-Bangladesh's Unleashed Women Network. They celebrated their many achievements which included stopping 645 early marriages, testing 13,357 tube wells for arsenic and building sanitary latrines for 7,445 families.
The ultimate objective of The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program is to gain government recognition and operate as a licensed saving and credit cooperative (SACCO or Rural Bank). Owned entirely by community members, the Rural Bank then provides the entire epicenter community with sustainable access to savings and loan facilities. We are proud to congratulate THP-Ethiopia's latest SACCO at Jaldu Epicenter: the Gudatu SACCO.
The Hunger Project's partners at the Zuza Epicenter in Mozambique are the first of all our epicenters to embrace solar energy as a clean, renewable source of electricity for their epicenter and water system.
Mrs. Bassine Kane has seven children and is the Chair of the Ndiollofen Village Women's Organization in The Hunger Project's Sam Contor Epicenter in Senegal. The results she achieved through her bio sorrel (organic hibiscus) farm helped to influence the local authorities' commitment to award land to other village women's organizations and increased women's access to fertile land.
A young indigenous woman in Peru follows her mother's footsteps as a member of an association of rural women in her community. Through her participation with Chirapaq, THP's partner in Peru, Luz Angelica learns about women's land rights and is able to interact with young indigenous leaders from other countries.
Fayise Dhaabaa is climbing the ladder out of poverty, one rung at a time. Loans from the Microfinance Program at her local epicenter gave her the chance to earn additional income to support her family. Now, after a series of small, smart investments, Fayise's financial future looks brighter than ever, and her whole family is reaping the benefits.
The satisfaction that Ms. Ana Sebastiao Zitha gets from being a financially self-sufficient woman is irreplaceable. With the skills she gained from trainings at her local epicenter, Ms. Zitha learned to take control of her future. And empowerment is contagious: Ms. Zitha now makes one of her epicenter's most motivated animators, passing on what she has learned to others.
Celine Migan was struck by a debilitating injury while still a child. Too often in her society, this sort of handicap casts a dark shadow over the lives of its sufferers, robs them of their abilities, and dooms them to beg in the streets. However, with The Hunger Project in the picture, self-sufficiency and dignity are never far away. Read about how Ms. Migan works with THP-Benin's Microfinance Program to defy grim statistics and succeed every day.
At 47, Vida Osei-Boahene is discovering she has a knack for business. After suffering the ups and downs of susbsistence farming for years, THP-Ghana gave her room to grow. Several smart business moves later, today she is "so proud to say that, I have GH¢ 300 ($211) in my savings
account! I will forever remain thankful to The Hunger Project!"
Comfort Aniniwa was used to the ups and downs of subsistence farming. She was unable to picture a brighter future for herself, or her family. When THP-Ghana gave her the skills, financial freedom and encouragement to start her own business, things started looking up. Now, Miss Comfort Abena Aniniwa is becoming more "comfortable" every day - truly living up to her name!