Located in the Southern Africa, Mozambique is a country with a population of 21.2 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonization, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, it was not until 1992 that the country experienced political stability. Between 1977 - 1992, civil unrest exacerbated the country social and economic stability. With an illiteracy rate of 61% and 74.1% of the population living under USD $2 a day poverty remains widespread in the country.
The Hunger Project has been working in Mozambique since 2006 and is empowering 17,000 partners in three epicenter communities. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicenter Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with partners to successfully access the basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and lead lives of self-reliance.
A total of US$707,955 in microloans has been distributed to 3,273 partners with an average loan size of US$216.