In this guest blog, Peace Corps Volunteer Mark Huelsenbeck shares his experience working with Pierette, a young woman in Benin who went from struggling to make ends meet to launching a Moringa product that’s become a household name. During his 3-year service, Mark worked with others in Benin through a variety of agriculture trainings.
For Beninese small-business owner Awahou, an MCC-funded project means an opportunity to grow. With increased access to credit, market information, and storage capacity, Awahou’s business is expanding and profits are increasing. For many small business owners, the access to credit is opening up new pathways to success.
In Cambodia, Feed the Future investments are building accountability between locals, institutions, and the government through community-led partnerships. These efforts, which often put trusted community leaders at the helm, are expanding the tools and opportunities for Cambodians to build a more prosperous future.
For the women in the Kamushoko Cooperative in Uganda, life has changed since they decided to act as a unit to collectively sell their produce. Now, business is thriving and profits are up. Next up: the women plan to invest in a commercial trading center to take their enterprise to the next level.
For Anita, owning land was once an unattainable goal. But after a recent Feed the Future land tenure project visited her Tanzanian community, Anita and her husband are now joint tenants of their land. That means their future is more secure and they can make long-term investments in their community.
For blacksmiths in Ghana, the need for small-scale threshers is an opportunity to tap into a valuable local market. With skills gained from a Soybean Innovation Lab training, a group of blacksmiths is gaining the skills they need to not only grow their businesses, but fill an important need for farmers in their communities.
As a mother of seven and a grandmother of four, good nutrition for her family is always at the forefront of Thiane’s mind. A nutrition project in Senegal is giving her the tools she needs to ensure her community can grow, share, and sell more nutritious food for better health and extra profit.