Through the Epicenter Strategy’s food security programs, farmers have achieved higher yields. However, this production needs to be complemented by other activities, especially market access, in order to have the most impact on income from farming and to generate employment. This is where a new partnership with SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute comes in.
Mzee Erick Kafuruma is 74 years old, a retired soldier and agriculturalist. He is very passionate about change in the community and had always looked for ways to inspire people to work hard, adapt to change and show progress in the community.
Ndéye Loum is described by her close relations and companions as an ever-present, tireless and committed individual dedicated to the development of her village and its surroundings. She has become a Trainer of Trainers on women's rights and shares her story.
THP-Malawi's Mpingo Epicenter maternity unit was constructed in 2009; however, the facility lacked medical equipment as well as professionally trained staff to oversee deliveries. Since 2011 a partnership has formed resulting in a facility with a four-bed, fully equipped modern delivery room; a 10-bed prenatal ward; and a 10-bed postnatal ward so women can deliver their babies safely.
Bortene School is located in one of the villages of Enemore Epicenter. THP-Ethiopia, in partnership with the community, made major school renovations last year attracting a large community of students, parents, and teachers.
With the installation of the grinding mill in Sinkouinssi Epicenter as a part of THP-Burkina Faso's development outreach, women like Panatigri Safiatou spend less time hand-grinding and devote more time to income-generative activities or instructional classes.
Noélie is an 18- year-old old student at the Kissamey Epicenter in Benin. On the verge of dropping out of school, Noélie discovered new energy at THP-Benin's youth mobilization initiative for the achievement of the MDGs. She is now able to get financially ready for entering school and continuing her trade activities.
A trip report from the May 2012 Investor Leadership Trip to Uganda. Over six days, investors from Australia and the United States traveled to six communities in Western Uganda. "During the course of our travels, each and every person we shook hands with or embraced exhibited immense determination, unwavering hope and relentless energy and drive."