One unfortunate event after another left Jesmeen drained of assets, deprived of a loved one, and with little prospect for improvement. Still, she never gave up hope for a better future. With the help of THP-Bangladesh, Jesmeen conceived a new vision for her life and gained the skills to put it into action.
A Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop with THP-Mexico affected the life of Raquel García Vidaña and those of her fellow community members forever. She discovered a remarkable capacity for change within herself, saying, "It is never too late! It is possible to improve and we are doing it!"
Munanukye Venance began a small venture in animal husbandry, after attending THP-Uganda trainings in 2004. Today his clever business sense has made the diverse and sustainable enterprise a success. He stands as an outstanding example for his community.
David Tetteh became involved with THP in February 2008 and, since then, he has become Vice Chair of his Epicenter Committee. He educates the members of his communities in farming techniques, and on his own farm, David cultivated nine acres of maize during the major farming season, compared to the two acres he planted previously.
Mrs. Kaoui Ziba has been involved with THP in Burkina Faso since September 2006 and never misses any THP activities at her epicenter, Sapouy. She has received trainings in preventative health, literacy and agricultural techniques. She also serves as Vice President of the Epicenter Committee.
Nelida Smith is a trained people's reporter and has taken leadership workshop through our partner organization in Bolivia, ACLO. She says, "In political matters, I could not contribute anything before, but now I feel able to contribute from my experience. I can take more informed positions in public spaces and have a responsibility and commitment to serve others."
Madame Djalla is president of the Kissamey Epicenter's Microfinance Program Committee. As such, she leads 17 women's groups and has developed a monitoring system to ensure that her group members repay their loans on time.
Alhakatu Umaru spent too much of her budget buying food and was left with too little to support her small business. Then, a grant from The Hunger Project-Ghana allowed her to make a small investment, with big returns.
On October 24-25, 2009, more than 400 people gathered from 20 countries around the world to participate in The Hunger Project's annual weekend of events under the theme, "It's Time! Scaling Up THP to Achieve a Hunger-Free Future."