Focus on Women Stories
Life has never been easy for Mana Mamba, a 24-year-old single mother raising four children in improverished rural Swaziland. But it’s getting easier thanks to a family feeding programme which has spared her youngest from malnutrition while helping his siblings stay in school.
Halima, a 28-year-old mother from Northern Darfur, has won first prize in a contest among local women trained by WFP to make their own clean-burning cook stoves. She won by designing a stove that consumes less wood and produces less smoke than all of the others. View video
As we remember all those living with the HIV virus on World AIDS Day, millions of people with the disease are barred by hunger from leading the healthy and productive lives that they could have with treatment. Zambia-born nutritionist Mutinta Humbayi says that by breaking down those barriers, we can help stop a vicious cycle driving the epidemic.
Khadija, a mother of 14, recently got a new stove that burns two thirds less wood than the open fire she used before. That means much less time spent foraging for firewood, a dangerous necessity in northern Darfur which carries the risk of rape at the hands of roving militants.
Assétau Bagagnan, a mother of four, says she knew nothing at all about the importance of getting the right vitamins and nutrients before bringing her malnourished baby son to a feeding centre in rural Burkina Faso. Armed with this new knowledge, she says she’s now better equipped to care for her family.