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Women we help

Zamalu Khatun - Bangladesh

Zamalu Khatun lives in Kutupalong Camp in Bangladesh with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. They are all refugees from Myanmar and with no men in the household it is hard for them to find work. Through WFP, Zamalu received 800 empty rice sacks that she was able to sell for US$44. This cash injection enabled her to run a small shop inside the camp. Life is looking up for her family. More about Zamalu


Hiwot Gebre-Tsadka - Ethiopia

Hiwot Gebre-Tsadka is a single mother of three in the Abraha Atsbaha region. Until a few years ago, the land was covered by sand and unable to provide people with a living. Through MERET, villagers built terraces and dams to stop water from carrying away top soil. Then they helped Hiwot build a well outside her house allowing her to grow fruit and vegetables. “The money I received from selling guava and lemon allowed me not only to send my children to school but also to build a house,” she said. More about Hiwot


Isabel Lopez Morales - Guatemala

Isabel began receiving WFP’s VitaCereal fortified maize soy meal in 2006 when she was pregnant with the 5th of her seven children. She can seen the positive effects of that on her youngest, compared to their older siblings who were less fortunate. He not only weighed more at birth, but has remained stronger and more robust as he gets older. Because ViaCereal is produced locally, it also provides a market for local farmers and food producers, as well as employment. More about Isabel


Florence Pierre - Haiti

Florence Pierre was more lucky than many in Haiti. She was unharmed in the January 2010 earthquake though her home in Jacmel was nearly destroyed. She now works on a WFP scheme clearing rubble from the city centre. Her daily wage of around US$5 is paid in a mix of cash and food. This means she is sure to have food on her table, but can also buy essentials like clothes and medicines. Florence hopes to save enough money to open a soda stand. More about Florence


Caroline - Kenya

For Caroline, 15, receiving school meals gives her a chance to carry on and finish her studies. Along with her eight brothers and sisters living in Narok District, she receives a hot daily meal through WFP. “I love school. One day I’d like to become a teacher,” she says. But Caroline’s dream would be impossible if her parents didn’t have a good reason to send her to school. “If I didn’t receive meals at school I would probably have to stay home and help work on the land to provide food for my family”.  More about Caroline


Phoebe - Kenya

Phoebe, 25, is expecting her first child. Good nutrition right now is important not just for her, but for her unborn child. Before receiving WFP food rations she was underweight,anaemic and had fainting spells. At the hospital in Nyanza Province, south western Kenya, she received corn-soya blend mix, taught how to cook it and given tips on nutrition for herself and her baby. Her weight and iron levels are up, and she feels well enough to carry on her work as a hairdresser. More about Phoebe


Women - Kyrgyzstan

These mothers live in one of the Uzbek neighbourhoods that suffered the ethnic violence that erupted in Southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, and led to the displacement of more than 75,000 people. They barricaded themselves in their neighbourhoods with cement blocks and trees. Soon they ran out of food. WFP started food distribution in this area as soon as it was cleared. The women work as traders in local markets and WFP will support them as they get back on their feet. More about these mothers

Selby Diouf - Senegal

Selby Diouf, 28, collects raw salt in a bucket in the Fatick region of Senegal, and brings it ashore to dry. She works at Ndiémou where some 700 mainly female salt producers harvest around 500 tonnes of salt per month. Thanks to iodization machines and training provided by WFP and its partner MicroNutrient initiative, groups like Selby’s are earning more and helping the health of their community. More about Selby


Parathachchelvi Navarajan - Sri Lanka

Parathachchelvi Navarajan, 33, was able to return to her home in Northern Sri Lanka after the long civil conflict. Like most families, she and her daughter depend on firewood for cooking. But the forests around their village are full of uncleared land mines and unexploded munitions. Thanks to the energy-efficient SAFE stove she was given by WFP, she has cut her wood collection trips by half. The anagi stove uses not only firewood but coconut shells and palm leaves as fuel. More about Parathachchelvi


Joyce Banan - Uganda

Joyce Banan has evolved from a subsistence farmer into a commercial farmer who sells her maize to WFP. Before, she only produced 8 bags of maize per hectare. Now her yields top 35 bags and she can send her children to university. Joyce helped create the Kapchorwa Farming Association, one of the first groups to sign up for P4P in Uganda. “P4P helps set up warehouses that allows us to store maize safely, meaning that we can bargain and sell later when the price is higher," said Joyce. More about Joyce