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!
In early March, the Indian upper legislative body passed a constitutional amendment that would require that women hold 33 percent of seats in federal and state legislative assemblies. If passed into law, this amendment would change the landscape of women's rights in India.
When access to water - a most basic human need - is obstructed, every aspect of development is sabotaged. Yet, when water flows, the effects ripple outward. Families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. THP works to empower communities to develop new water resources, ensure clean water and improved sanitation, and implement water conservation techniques.
THP partners from the community of Gute, the largest of ten villages served by the Jaldu Water Supply Project, share about the benefits they've experienced. This project was undertaken in 2008-09 in partnership with Rotary International, and provided safe drinking water to 6,000 community members in Jaldu Epicenter.