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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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!
A.K Manik is part of our Youth Ending Hunger program in Bangladesh. He has established a library in his village, which is actively used by community members and students. Manik also started a literacy center to teach basic literacy and numeracy to villagers.
A workshop with THP-Peru partner organization, Chirapaq, inspired Ashaninka to transform her life. It changed her ideas about the role women could play in her society. Today, she is happier, more empowered within her family and a leader in her commuinity.