Focus on Women Stories


7 January 2011

“This Work Means A Lot To Me,” Says Haitian Quake Mother

It’s tough digging with a shovel under the hot sun but Cassandre Chery, 28, is glad to have the work. She’s been homeless since the earthquake and says that work in Haiti is scarce. With the money she earns helping to rebuild her country, she’s able to buy food and keep her kids in school. Watch video

5 January 2011

“I Can’t Believe I'm Back," Says Returning Mother In Southern Sudan

Grace Martin Lado, 25, has returned to Southern Sudan 18 years after her family fled the fighting there. Her family faced an arduous trip back to their homeland and food rations from WFP are helping them to resettle.

4 January 2011

Single Mother In Swaziland Takes First Step Out Of Hunger

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.

8 December 2010

Darfur Mother Designs Award-Winning Stove

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

1 December 2010

We Can Break The HIV-Hunger Trap, Says Nutritionist

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.