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Courageous Shania stopped her own child marriage.
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“I know the consequences of child marriage. [From The Hunger Project, we also] learnt about the evils of drugs, as well as changes during adolescence. Knowing all of this has given me the courage to protect myself against early marriage. I was able to convince my parents. My marriage is over. Now I can realise my dream of becoming a teacher.” The Hunger Project runs programs…

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How these school students stopped child marriage.
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“I got confidence from [my training with] The Hunger Project and stopped my early marriage.” — Hira, Year 10, Bangladesh. The Hunger Project runs programs such as ‘Safe Schools for Girls’ in rural Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, two thirds of girls are married off before their 18th birthday, and 1 in 5 are married off before the age of 15. This means girls are constantly vulnerable…

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Meet Kaushalya Bisht
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Sustainability, Interconnectedness, Decentralisation. Kaushalya Bisht is an Elected Women Representative from Uttarakhand, India, a remote region at the foothills of the Himalayas. The Hunger Project worked with her to develop the skills she needs to make change for her community as a representative through our SWEEP program (Strengthening Women’s Empowerment through Electoral Processes). As part…

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Meet Mr. Henderson
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We met Mr. Henderson on the Unlock Leadership Immersion Program in Malawi in November 2019.    Mr Henderson is 22 years old and is from Nsondole Epicentre. After receiving training from an Animator (local volunteer leader) trained by The Hunger Project, Mr Henderson began planting seeds in his garden.    Now, he proudly grows beans, peas, Chinese vegetables and…

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Meet Jessie.
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Jessie is 41 years old and lives in the Nsondole community in Malawi. Jessie and her husband have five children. “My number one vision is to educate my children,” she says. Jessie has been receiving farm input loans from The Hunger Project since 2017. With these loans, she has been able to purchase seeds to…

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Meet Cheikh Diouf.
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Originally published by The Hunger Project Nederland.  Cheikh Diouf from Ndié has been a member of the grain bank at Ndereppe Epicentre, Senegal, since the start of 2006. He has also become a member of the newly established farmers’ association. This has enabled him to provide his family with enough food. “I have learnt and…

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Bizuhaye Terefe Goes Back to School
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Originally published by The Hunger Project Nederland. In the North Shoha region of Ethiopia, The Hunger Project is actively working with the Her Choice alliance to end of child marriages and enabling girls to re-enrol in school. Often, these are girls who have dropped out of school after a child marriage or teenage pregnancy. The Hunger Project empowers…

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Stella’s Story.
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We will never forget the look on Stella’s face when she described having no choice but to marry off her 14-year old grand-daughter, Emilida, to keep the other three children in her care alive. Stella’s eyes were heavy. The shame she felt was etched on her face. No choice. What would you do? Save three…

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International Day of the Girl 2019
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Today is International Day of the Girl. Here at The Hunger Project, we’re celebrating the unscripted and unstoppable girls who are ending hunger around the world. Meet Bonani In the Bagherhat District of Bangladesh, Bonani is a young girl who attends high school.  In many parts of Bangladesh, girls are denied an education. Continuing beyond…

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Meet Razia: Protesting Child Marriage
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In Bangladesh, boys are typically valued more than girls. Girls are often pulled out of school at a young age to be married off. They aren’t able to earn an income for themselves or have a say in family decisions. They are made to look after their siblings and families, do the household chores and other…

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Meet Kaushalya Bisht, an elected woman saving the forests in India
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Kaushalya Bisht is a council President in Uttarakhand. After training with The Hunger Project, she is now leveraging public office to refocus attention on the issue of preserving the forests.   “In the mountains, forests are a lifeline for women. The wood from the forest is what we use to build our houses and for firewood. The…

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Patrick from Malawi | Vision, Determination, Transparency.
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Patrick from Malawi learnt that he and his wife were both HIV positive after they had a stillborn baby.   When he was trained by The Hunger Project to become a local volunteer leader, an Animator, he saw an opportunity to connect with and lift up others in his community dealing with the same challenges and he and his wife. He formed a small support…

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Meet the 27 year old fashion designer and entrepreneur from Ghana
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Abigail Tei is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Boti in the eastern region of Ghana. Abigail is a local fashion designer and also the producer of a local soft drink made from hibiscus plant called Sobolo. Abigail started her business after she received a microfinance loan from The Hunger Project. She now currently employs 5 people…

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Esme’s vision of becoming a home owner
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Esme from Malawi Esme lives in a small, rural village in Eastern Malawi with her four children. She is a farmer and the sole breadwinner of her family. Esme’s family live in a one-bedroom dung hut – and that’s how she thought it would be for the rest of their lives. Then, in 2012, everything…

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Meet Sipho from Kachindamoto
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Sipho is from The Hunger Project’s Kachindamoto Epicentre community, Malawi where he lives with his wife and 5 children. In 2015 Sipho received his first farm input loan from The Hunger Project. The then participated in agriculture training through programs available at the Kachindamoto Epicentre. From this training Sipho was able to harvest 50 bags…

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Stand with Rumi from Bangladesh
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Rumi is 14 years old and lives in rural Bangladesh. Each day on her way to school, she was being sexually harassed by older men. Her family was already struggling to pay her school fees, so the extra issue of the harassment pushed Rumi’s family to one day suddenly take her out of school and…

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Meet Zebiba
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24 year old Zebiba in an Unleashed Woman. She lives with her husband and their one year old son. They live in the highlands of Ethiopia, far from hospitals, health clinics and other services. Living in such a remote area meant Zebiba never learnt how to cook and prepare nutritional and healthy food for her…

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Meet Louise
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Louise is from a small village in Benin, West Africa. She lives with her six children and her husband, who works the land and grows corn.    In the past, Louise wasn’t allowed to participate in decision-making, either in her own home or the community – simply for being a woman. Traditional cultural practices meant Louise didn’t…

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Meet the Champiti community
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The Champiti community in Malawi used to live in chronic hunger and poverty. Dennis is a member of Champiti and he said his entire community was suffering terribly. There were no roads and the nearest hospital was two days’ walk away. “Pregnant women would attempt to walk to the hospital but go into labour on…

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Meet Amina
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Amina used to live in chronic hunger. She could not see any way out of the repetitive daily struggle to survive. She had no hope for the future. Her life involved spending days gather wood, walking for hours to collect water, and back-breaking work in the fields to try and grow enough food to feed…

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Meet Dennis
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Before The Hunger Project came to his community, Dennis was living in severe hunger. “Sometimes I found small jobs to do in exchange for food. Sometimes I would have to beg for food. Sometimes I would have to steal from my neighbours. Often, I would have to fall asleep without eating. I nearly died of…

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Meet Sunita
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Sunita Meena is the President (Sarpanch) of Aakodiya Block, Chaksu District, Jaipur. We met Sunita with her ward members in the village meeting hall.  Next door was a creche – set up for around 10-15 of the poorest children in the village. When we asked her what made her happy, she spoke about the previous…

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Meet Coumba
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Coumba, the epitome of leading through a “power with” others approach. As a young girl Coumba was illiterate, yet through The Hunger Project training she’s now a senior leader in the Senegal National Government who has trained more than 5,000 women to create and run their own successful businesses. The Mayor of Coki described her…

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Ndeye’s vision for a better future
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Ndeye Loum is a volunteer who has been trained by The Hunger Project in Coki, Senegal.  She lives in a village called Kane’ene Khar and says, before her training, there was no way she would have spoken in front of a group of people to talk about the issues affecting her and the wider community.  Before…

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Meet Alawatu
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Alawatu is a midwife in her local health clinic in the Coki village of Boffel. Before The Hunger Project health clinic was established in Boffel, Alawatu had to deliver babies in people’s homes with no medical facilities or specialty care available to help her. Many women and babies died as a result. The health clinic…

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Meet Ndeye
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Taking part in workshops run by The Hunger Project got Ndeye Ndiaye thinking about her future. She had learned to read and write in school and had also taken literacy classes but she had never been inspired to put her skills into action. When she was mentored by Coumba – a Hunger Project animator (trained…

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Bienvenu’s success inspiring his community
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For many years Bienvenu and his wife Justine have been farming chickens, turkeys and rabbits.  After attending workshops at Zakpota Epicentre in Benin, they learned how to expand their business.  They have applied for credit from the bank and have since purchased more poultry and the necessary food to provide for their livestock. “I already…

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Meet Emilienne
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Emilienne is from a small village in Benin; one of the poorest countries in the world where more than half of the population live on less than $1.90 per day. Debilitating hunger is widespread. Emilienne didn’t go to school – her parents couldn’t afford the fees and they needed her to work on the family…

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Louise Langi – Helping women of Benin realize their dreams
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Louise Langi is a 42-year-old woman from Benin, who is committed to helping women in her village realise their dreams.  Louise and her husband farm and deal in fruit, corn and peanuts to provide for their 6 children. Through The Hunger Project’s Vision, Commitment, Action (VCA) workshops – Louise has learned financial literacy and healthcare skills…

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Laurinda’s Story
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Laurinda Fabião Ngovene is a resident of Djodjo village at Chokwe Epicentre in Mozambique. She has one daughter and has been invovled with The Hunger Project since 2006. She joined The Hunger Project during her first Vision, Commitment and Action workshop in her community. Laurinda moved into leadership roles in the community, serving as the…

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Inspiring change in her village – Gladys returns to school
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Gladys came to the attention of The Hunger Project when our volunteers visited her school to talk to girls about the harmful impact of child marriage. She stood out from her friends because she was the only child amongst them who had been married, divorced, given birth to a baby and returned to school.  …

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WITH A MICROFINANCE LOAN, GUIRÉ IS ABLE TO GROW HER RESTAURANT
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These days, Guiré Salimata finds herself busy running a successful restaurant and providing for her five children. In 2013, before Guiré began participating in the Boulkon Epicentre Microfinance Program with The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso, her restaurant was just a small shop serving rice, soup and beans in the village market. Since obtaining a 50,000 CFA…

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MOTHER BUILDS RESILIENCE TO EXTREME WEATHER IN ETHIOPIAN VILLAGE: SHEHUBO’S STORY
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Climate change poses a serious threat, especially to people living in rural communities. Our work across Africa and South Asia places great importance on empowering our partners to build long-lasting resilience to climate change and the shocks caused by it. Shehubo Dedgeba lives in an Ethiopian village near The Hunger Project’s Wurib Epicentre — a…

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ABY’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMPOWERS HER FAMILY AND WOMEN IN HER COMMUNITY
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Aby Ndiaye lives in Badar Gueye, Senegal together with her five children and husband, and is an active member of The Hunger Project’s Diokoul Epicentre. After completing middle school, she attended literacy classes for two more years before becoming the main point of contact for all monitoring and evaluation activities in the village committee. Today,…

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MOISES’ STORY
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“Poverty in our village was at an extremely high level, so when I heard that The Hunger Project-Mozambique aimed to empower the community to alleviate poverty, I decided to join the program without any hesitation,” says 57-year-old Moises Fenias Malhaule. Moises lives with his family the 25 de Setembro village, in the Chokwe Epicentre of…

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Fathimath and Justin save lives at their health clinic
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At Lahotan Epicentre in central Benin, The Hunger Project-Benin is working with the local community to staff and expand a small health clinic and to promote its services among community members.   Fathimath Omighessan, 28, is an epicentre midwife who has worked at the clinic for a year, alongside two assistants and a guard. At…

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The future is bright for Namukasa
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Namukasa Kasolo Tayiha, at just 10 years old, is investing in her own education and future after participating in The Hunger Project Uganda’s training on microfinance at her primary school. These workshops, led by volunteer animators, encourage youth to start saving and are often the first steps towards economic empowerment. In Uganda, microfinance supports the…

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Meet Geeta
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Geeta was born in a middle-income family in India and was educated to the 10th grade. When Geeta was 20, she married into a new Panchayat (village) and when she arrived she was surprised that so many girls were not in school, and that they were working instead. She also saw that child marriage was common practice…

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SARA CAN NOW FEED HER CHILDREN EVERY DAY
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HOW MICROFINANCE IS ENDING HUNGER AND TRANSFORMING LIVES IN MALAWI Sara knows the heartache of poverty and hunger all too well. It used to be a daily struggle to provide her two children with even one meal a day. Too often they had to go without. The small income she earned from her fritters business…

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A COMMUNITY ENDING HUNGER AND POVERTY
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The Hunger Project first started working with the Ethiopian community of Enemor in 2009. At that time the community faced huge challenges. There was no infrastructure: no hospitals, schools or running water. The community lived in chronic hunger and poverty. Now, thanks to your support, hunger has ended for thousands of people in Enemor “THE…

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Stories from a day in Uganda
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Mark La Brooy was one of the participants on The Hunger Project’s Leadership Immersion Programs. He has shared some stories from his trip. “Anne was the first lady we met. She was a mix of sadness and fear but with a glimmer of hope. Anne and her husband like many in Uganda are subsistence farmers,…

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Meet Rukmani
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This is Rukmani, oppressed and discriminated against for most of her life through no other reason than being born a women into a system she now works to overcome. She holds a position of power, being elected as a Sarpunch (head) of her Panchayat (village). This quiet thinker and elected leader turned up to her first…

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Meet Razia
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After being forced to marry at 14, Razia from Bangladesh, was denied an education and was forced to stay at home and provide for her husband and children. After being trained by The Hunger Project, Razia was empowered with the knowledge of how to change her situation. She started a women’s self-help group in her community, set…

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Meet Christina
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Christina from Malawi couldn’t afford to feed her family or send her children to school before The Hunger Project came to her village. Since then, Christina has received several microfinance loans from The Hunger Project and now she has a thriving shop in her community. She says, “I used my first loans to create a…

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Meet Kenchamma
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Meet Kenchamma, a non-literate Dalit (the lowest caste) woman from Southern India. Kenchamma was selected to join her local council after her family members registered her name because they assumed she’d step aside and let them make all of the decisions. No one thought Kenchamma would actually attend the meetings and they didn’t even tell…

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Meet Amina
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Amina is from a remote community in Ghana, where hunger and poverty was a daily reality, and people lived hand-to-mouth, sometimes going without meals. After being trained by The Hunger Project, Amina developed a vision for her community where women are respected leaders and have access to microfinance loans. To achieve her dream, she stepped up to lead…

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Meet Joyce
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The Champiti community has identified early marriage as an issue that they need to take further action on ahead of achieving the targets they’ve set themselves for self-reliance. Early marriage forces many girls to drop out of school, and their future prospects are severely limited as a result. Joyce is a 14-year-old girl who lives…

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Meet Rejeya Khatun from Naopara
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Rejeya Khatun is from Naopara, a village in the Meherpur district of Bangladesh. She was born and grew up in a lower middle class family. Her father was the only family member earning an income, through farming. Her parents had wanted to educate their daughter, but were unable to, due to their financial situation. They…

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Nurunnahar Monzu is a Woman Leader from Kewra
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Nurunnahar Monzu is a woman leader from Kewra, a village in the Jhalakathi district of Barisal region of Bangladesh. She was born and grew up in an extremely poor family. Her father, a farmer, was the sole earner in their family. Her family faced such serious financial constraints that they were not able to send…

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Meet Hadijja, one of our Elected Epicentre Leaders.
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Naigaga Hadijja Bagalana is a mother of five children and married to an agriculturist. They come from Bukona parish in Uganda and live about 4 miles from the Iganga Epicentre. Hadijja joined The Hunger Project in 2003. She says before The Hunger Project came with its  programs in microfinance, women’s empowerment and food security, she…

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