When Elected Women Leader Deepa Rajguru was first elected to local government, she found it difficult to function in the male-dominated system – being asked to sit at the back of meetings and refused the right to contribute. Following a Hunger Project training, Deepa joined with other elected women to speak out against this type of gender discrimination.
Forced to leave school when her family was unable to pay fees, Véronique Amoussou of Kpinnou Epicenter in Benin participated in animator trainings and developed her own rabbit farm. The income she generates not only meets her own daily needs but enables her to put her savings towards her younger sister's school fees.
Before joining the Microfinance Program, I had never imagined making an income or even dared to speak in public. Now I am President of our group and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kissamey Epicenter fund.
Genet Mosa utilized the Microfinance Program in her local epicenter to develop as a community leader, thrive as a business woman, nurture a savings account and improve the lives of her family and neighbors.
Ms. Khady Seck is chair of a microfinance women's group in Diokoul Epicenter in Senegal. Empowered by the epicenter trainings, Khady has also taken on the position of counselor to the village women and coordinated the shared maintenance of the local environment, reducing rates of diseases like malaria.
My name is Mrs. Lénindou Agbognihoue. It is because of the lessons I learned from Vision, Commitment and Action workshops at [my] epicenter that I had the courage and strength to take care of myself and the future of my children.