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Almost half of the population of Senegal lives on less than US$1.25 a day. One in five children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working and not in school. There are often shortages of food and high levels of unemployment.

These statistics are not just figures. They are the reality for thousands of people living in Senegal. It is also what life was like for people living in Ndereppe, a community in Senegal, before the community partnered with The Hunger Project 13 years ago.

“Everyone here in Ndereppe has been impacted by The Hunger Project. It was as if we were living in the dark and now we finally see the light.” – Aseensar, a member of the Ndereppe community.

The Hunger Project’s partnership was the catalyst for the people of Ndereppe to interrupt their own mindset about what was possible for themselves and their future – and ultimately to achieve self-reliance.

“Before, I did not have the ability or funds to own sheep. My situation began to improve after I attended The Hunger Project’s Entrepreneurship Workshops and took a microfiance loan from the local bank. At the start, I was afraid to make investments and take loans, but I’ve found the confidence to do it, and as a result I have yielded 2 tonnes of grain for my family and trading.”

The magnitude of Ndereppe’s success would not have been possible without your support and the commitment and persistence of the Ndereppe community. By empowering women and men to become the authors of their own destiny, they have been able to achieve things they used to think were impossible. Children are attending school, unemployment has dropped and the community has access to clean water and quality healthcare. They have ended hunger in their community.