The Hunger Project UK

Empowering women through microfinance in Senegal

The Hunger Project pioneers a women led microfinance programme encompassing training, credit and savings. Women build leadership capacities, income-generating and business skills, and gain a strong voice in their community. Small loans are used for farming and small trade by groups of women.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (326688)

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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




Of the 223 million people who live in hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2/3 are women and children, despite the fact that women subsistence farmers do 90% of the work of processing food crops and providing household water and wood, as well as 80% of the work of food storage and transport. In Senegal, almost 30% of the population lives on less than £1 per day and 14% of the children are malnourished. Women are also much more likely to be poor, under-educated and malnourished than men.


The programme is designed for rural women and is implemented in 10 epicentres (clusters of rural villages), serving 183,000 people. Each epicentre is a hub of community activity as well as an actual facility built by community members, comprising a food bank, demonstration farm, school, library, health clinic and meeting hall. The programme aims to: - Train women through Microfinance and Income Generating workshops - Distribute loans and generate savings deposits.