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.
After a business skills training in Tajikistan, Hamrohkon decided to put her entrepreneurial spirit to use. She started a barber shop in her local community, and with Feed the Future training, is growing her business to employ others and inspire a new generation of women to pursue their business dreams.
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.
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.
Through a private sector partnership with a major agricultural company, Mozambicans like Josefina are finding quality employment opportunities that serve their communities and put them on a path to being business leaders. For Josefina, it’s also a chance for financial independence.
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.
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.
To spur development of a low-cost thresher that would help improve farming in developing countries, Feed the Future partnered with a Ghanaian engineer to hold a contest for the best thresher. With the help of an American family-owned business, participants now have the know-how to produce a winning design.
Across Nepal, fish is a vital source of nutrition as well as income, but while household aquaculture can improve a family’s fortunes, it comes with lots of challenges. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries is promoting sustainable aquaculture and giving young people and women’s groups the tools to succeed.
To help smallholders and families in Malawi increase their incomes and improve their nutrition, snack food producer Universal Industries is partnering with Feed the Future to promote orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. As Universal expands the market for products made from this vitamin-A rich food—like chips and bread—more people can access nutritious options.