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.
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.
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.
In late August 2010, Mbarara Epicenter became the sixth Rural Bank in Uganda — and the twenty-first in Africa — to gain official government recognition. Such recognition is the ultimate objective of The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program, which operates in eight countries in Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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!