Story by Mariken Stolk
Louise Lagni is waiting for us with her women’s group in the village of Dotan, Benin. Five years after the last time we were here, they receive us dancing and singing. Louise’s good friend, Gisèle, who is co-leader of the women’s group, happily dances along.
Five years ago, Louise told us that nobody would listen to her when she brought something up during discussions in the village. “After following The Hunger Project’s Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA) workshops at Zakpota Epicenter, I felt much more confident about expressing my opinion,” she tells us. “And I was heard. I became more and more involved in our community’s decision-making. Since then,” she continues, “this has only gotten better.”