FOOD AND WATER SAVE LIVES

For this community, rainwater is the life source that grows crops producing food for the villagers to eat. There is a high rate of unemployment in this community, and they don't have money to buy food-- they rely on subsistence farming and the rain to eat. With a drought that has lasted two years now, the community is without any crops in the fields, and without any stored harvests left. The livestock they have accrued over the years have either died because of the lack of grass to graze on, or has been sold to purchase food. Food prices have increased by more than 200%. Villagers are eating one meal a day. In a community that is more than 50% HIV positive, mothers who would normally stop nursing to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies, have opted on continuing nursing so their children don't die of malnutrition. The situation is serious.

LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

This past summer, we launched the #FeedMozambique campaign and raised over $7,000 to help with the food crisis. The funds were used for nutrition and food programs primarily for at-risk children. We held a nutrition and HIV prevention training for over 20 HIV+ mothers who were continuing to nurse their babies past the recommended timeframe because of a lack of food to feed them. Mothers who chose to stop nursing were enrolled in our nutrition program in partnership with the local hospital, and were given three month's worth of baby food to supplement their diet while they learn to eat regular food with the rest of the family. Malnourished children in the area were also admitted into the nutrition program and given food. Over 20 babies were given 3 months worth of baby food. Outstanding women leaders in the community were given food aid: cornflour, cooking oil, and beans, to last the month. Toothpaste and soap were also distributed in the community. Lastly, small home gardens were promoted and seeds were distributed to help community members have a food source near their home that they can water with well water and that isn't dependent on rainwater.

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women leadERS Can cHANGe THE WORLD

Kurandza's first project was the women's sewing cooperative. This project was created out of the need for HIV-positive women to earn an income so they could pay for transportation to reach the hospital every month and pick-up their medication. A group of women were trained in health education, financial management, entrepreneurship, and how to sew. For the first time in their lives, they were given the opportunity to work and earn their own way so that they could take care of themselves and support their families.

What started out as a way to earn enough money to pay for transportation to the hospital, has turned into something much greater than we could have imagined. These amazing women have used their earnings to improve their homes, buy livestock, send their children to school, participate in community savings clubs, and purchase food during the drought. They have become leaders in their community, teaching other community members about health education and how to start their own businesses too.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP CREATes OPPORTUNITY

Small business development is important to the overall economic development and empowerment of this community. We are so grateful to have had a generous donor fund our first small business project: a convenience store. The store is the first of its kind in the area. Not only does the store provide a steady income for the family who runs in, but it also creates local commerce and saves the community members time and money they used to spend traveling long distances to the nearest city to buy groceries and household items.

Our Country Director, Percina, shares the business expertise she's learned working with Kurandza with the family who runs this store.

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