APT Action on Poverty

Women Make Change:Changing Poverty in Sierra Leone

We will empower women in Sierra Leone to make change by educating themselves, earning a living for their families, producing food with backyard gardens and promoting good hygiene. We’ll champion their determination and capability in the face of barriers like poverty, disability and marginalisation.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (290836)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Sierra Leone


86% of people living in our targeted rural areas in Sierra Leone live in extreme poverty. 4 million people (63%) lack enough food to eat day to day and COVID-19 restrictions have worsened this food crisis. Women and girls feel the effects of these burdens most acutely as they are often responsible for obtaining water, procuring food and maintaining the health of the family.


We will give Women Changemakers the skills and support to lead on tackling these issues in their communities. We’ll provide literacy and numeracy training, rights awareness, training in soap production and hygiene, and home garden vegetable growing so that additional nutritious food is available to the community. Women will also be trained in business skills so that these skills can also be used to generate their own income to gain financial independence and overcome poverty.

  • The women we have worked with so far, now they are taking action for their own livelihoods, they are taking action for their own entitlements. The women are so proud of themselves now, they can stand up to say “when MAPCO started with me I had nothing, now I have savings of 300,000 Leones.

    — Bridget, project partner in Sierra Leone delivering Action on Poverty's work

  • My life has changed as a result of this opportunity. Because of my income my family can buy more food and have more food to eat. Now I am earning an income in the family, my social status has improved. I used to just rely on my parents to support me, but now I am self-sufficient.

    — Batu, 19, hairdresser who uses a wheelchair since becoming ill with polio at 2 years old