As a member of the Hanzari Women’s Group, one of LWR’s partners in Niger, Hadizatou Makole received training in business management and credit to build up a herd of animals.
Now, she can provide for all eight kids on her own. She has purchased four ewes and a cow — unheard of for a woman in her community. Hadizatou represents a turning point in opportunities for women in Niger, made possible by the kind of grassroots movements LWR supports.
Without these programs, Niger’s women would likely remain marginalized — uneducated, vulnerable, unable to access credit — and the country would lose out on the leadership they have to offer.
The coming years will be an uphill battle for this struggling nation. Yet LWR will continue to act alongside some pretty amazing local partners to combat the causes of poverty in Niger.
- Providing technical training in sustainable agriculture, increasing production, processing and marketing
- Repairing and protecting crop irrigation systems
- Developing appropriate local seed supply for cooperatives of smallholder farmers
- Promoting access to training and credit for income-generating activities and small-business management
- Increasing economic growth and alliances among women farmers and entrepreneurs so they can advocate for more decision-making power.
- Instituting programs to help communities recover from and prevent future food shortages by
- Restoring lost livestock
- Building, repairing and stocking community grain banks
- Training farmers to adapt farming methods to the climate, using conservation agriculture techniques
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: NIGER on the LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF PAGE