Askale of The Hunger Project-Ethiopia turned to hard labor to provide for her children when her husband died. Now, with help from the Microfinance Program, she has her own profitable farm and a home she's always wanted.
Smt. M Renuka currently serves as a member of her village council and president of Karnataka's federation of elected women leaders, SUGRAMA. She has fought for improved drinking water and the education of girl children in her community, and led state-wide campaigns for asking for 50 percent reservation for women leaders in Gram Panchayats in Karnataka.
Nansamba, a model in her village, works in advising other women on how to manage and market their produce. She was trained at her epicenter as an animator and attributes most of her success to THP's Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops that "opened her eyes" at a time of personal resignation.
Mrs. Florence Chitsonga participated in The Hunger Project-Malawi's Microfinance Program, building and sustaining an incredibly successful pig and maize farm. With her first loan, she bought three pigs, and now, Florence earns an average income of US $7.20 per day in a country where nearly 40 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.
Asir Uddin and Hasi Khan are a husband-wife team brought together by a common commitment to the vision of a self-reliant Bangladesh. They are dedicated to working with grassroots villagers and empowering them to become the agents of their own development. They support each other every day in this effort.
Mrs. Marième Harouna Ba has been an influential community leader for over ten years. When the post for director of the community radio station became vacant, Marième knew that she could compete for the position against two men, despite the fact that the radio had never been led by a woman. Marième states that it was her experiences with THP-Senegal that motivated her to seek out the position.
Meher Nazmun, known as Tisha, works with The Hunger Project-Bangladesh and the Youth Ending Hunger unit at her university to educate the impoverished families and children of her community. "Since becoming a youth leader, I have learnt a lot about life, a lot about social responsibility, and a lot about the importance of setting an example for others," says Tisha.