Ms. Khady Seck is chair of a microfinance women's group in Diokoul Epicenter in Senegal. Empowered by the epicenter trainings, Khady has also taken on the position of counselor to the village women and coordinated the shared maintenance of the local environment, reducing rates of diseases like malaria.
My name is Mrs. Lénindou Agbognihoue. It is because of the lessons I learned from Vision, Commitment and Action workshops at [my] epicenter that I had the courage and strength to take care of myself and the future of my 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.
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.