On this 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, The Hunger Project would like to honor all of the women in our investor family, who are standing in partnership with their sisters around the world. Some of them have shared their thoughts with us on what their participation means to them.
Las Esperanzas is an all-women group that manages a chicken farming income-generating project with support through THP-Mexico's partnership with SEDESOL, the Mexican Social Development Ministry. After facing many obstacles, they have accessed land, obtained equipment and supplies, and participated in skills trainings. They are now producing 1,000 eggs per day.
A pilot project to train women to cultivate and process organic hibiscus (Bio Bissap) was so successful that the program has been scaled up to now include 12 villages with 563 women, who now plow and maintain a combined total of 21 hectares.
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.
Profits from his poultry farm help Mr. Romain Awoictha of Benin to care for his children and his wife. "I am proud that my farm serves as an example during the training of new poultry farmers," he says.
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.