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.
Raja Mari is president of her village council. "Participating in The Hunger Project's Women's Leadership Workshop gave me self-confidence, motivation and courage," she says. During her three years in office Raja has focused primarly on education and sanitation.
Theresa Sekyere, a farmer in Ghana, explains that through The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program and other training, she increased the size of her farm, and is now able to pay her children's school fees.
A Hunger Project staff person and investor shares her experiences on a recent Investor Leadership Trip to Ghana. In the words of one investor, "THP and the epicenters shifted from a distant concept to something I now have inside of me. I got my heart filled with this trip and it will stay with me forever."
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.