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The Uphill Climb is Worth It, For the Children

July 1, 2022

Marcos and Filomena work hard to make sure their two little girls are not among the 46% of under-five children in Timor Leste who suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. They only used to grow and eat corn and cassava, but have recently added protein in the form of eggs from the chickens they now […]

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Household Advisors Share Their Expertise

June 1, 2022

“Learn, do and share” is the refrain of the program’s cadre of Household Advisors. These women and men receive training in one of the sectors covered by the program, such as Agriculture, Revenue, Family Responsibilities, and Maternal and Infant Health. They receive a small stipend to encourage them to share their areas of expertise with […]

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“Worming” Her Way To Success

December 8, 2021

As a successful farmer and businesswoman, Momotaz no longer feels the helplessness that characterized her life before she joined a women’s Self-Help Group in 2017 under the auspices of local partner SATHI. At that time her husband, an agricultural day laborer, was the only wage earner in their family of nine. Despite their poverty and […]

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Working Her Way Out of Poverty

August 3, 2021

Hasina’s constant search for ways to earn a steady income has finally met with success, now that she has joined the program run by local partner SATHI. She took out a small loan from her Self-Help Group (SHG) to start a poultry business, but opted to raise poultry in the traditional way. After struggling with […]

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Shocked By Her Own Success

June 28, 2021

In 2019, after years of poor farming results, Saweria experienced a complete crop failure because of a severe drought. In order to feed her three children, she says she resorted to stealing forest firewood to sell, risking hyena attacks and government sanctions.  Less than a year into the start of this new program, she was […]

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Savings Groups Meet with Success

May 17, 2021

Last year Gladis attended – with skepticism – a meeting about Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) supported by local partner Fundación San Lucas. This year, after seeing what her SILC allowed her to accomplish, that skepticism is gone. “It has been a wonderful experience,” she says, “and there are lots of women and men […]

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Raising Chickens Inspires Community Cohesion

April 16, 2021

Local partner APIDEC’s early baseline training modules in poultry raising have benefited the community during and after the March-September 2020 pandemic lockdown order. Because the program started during the dry season when instruction in vegetable and crop production was not feasible, organizing women’s groups to raise chickens was first on the training agenda. As it […]

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Raising Chickens Hatches New Opportunities

March 9, 2021

Pov is not new to farming or raising chickens, but practicing more successful techniques has gotten her out of debt. Even better, her husband can now live at home and help her with her poultry business instead of migrating for work. She used to use traditional methods to grow rice and raise chickens on their […]

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