Elizabeth Godia is a 35-year-old widow and one of The Hunger Project's partners in Malawi who is living with HIV and took part in the Microfinance Program. Elizabeth is now independently able to provide for her six children.
Agnes Adjei from Anukpenya, Manstekope Epicenter in Ghana mobilizes her fellow partners to generate income and thrive as a community through the Microfinance Program. "My wish is to be economically self-reliant and to help our economically active poor women to do the same," she says.
Kibe Guta, a 28-year-old woman from Jaldu Epicenter in Ethiopia who participates in THP's Microfinance Program. She now provides food, clothing and school costs for her children. “Today, I raise my head up with confidence and can exemplify the result of hard work," she says.
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.
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.