Changing the world, one woman, one family, one dream at a time
When I travelled to Malawi in 2014 with The Hunger Project what struck me most was the focus on PARTNERSHIP... and the level of dignity, empowerment and sustainable change that followed.
It was a hand up, rather than a hand out approach, encouraging and supporting women to step into their power, unleash their potential and embark on a journey of self reliance that is creating positive ripples through their families, and communities, for generations to come.
My most memorable experience was visiting Mary*, a woman living with HIV.
Mary’s husband had been pushing her to get a health check-up but she'd been scared. Scared she might have HIV. Scared if so, her husband would desert her. Scared of what would become of her children.
However, her husband's love won through and after her diagnosis he stood by her. Together they had the courage to open up about her HIV status and receive support from The Hunger Project.
Roll on several years... her health had improved due to the drugs she now has access to and she proudly showed us their food supplies, which had increased 500% as she'd learnt how to farm more effectively. This meant the whole family was now well fed ALL year round and all three children could go to school.
What brought tears to my eyes, however, was her final statement.
She thanked us for honouring her and her village, a group of families who all had family members with HIV/AIDS. She said we'd brought pride and dignity to them as our visit sent a clear message to neighbouring villages they too were worthy of our time.
When in fact, her courage, vision and tenacity to make a better life for herself and her family in the face to tremendous odds, left me in awe. I was a better person for having met her!
I have a vision for a new level of PARTNERSHIP in our daily lives... Strong Women Rising across the globe... collaborating, inspiring and supporting each other take back control of our own destiny and shape our own lives.
If you're reading this, know I have a vision of partnering with YOU... to fund 1,000 micro-finance loans through The Hunger Project… 100 loans a year for 10 years, at only $60 per loan, $6,000 per year.
That's 1,000 women currently living in poverty given an opportunity to invest in a business; to feed, clothe and educate themselves and their children; to build a better home and improve their health; and to open up a brand new future for themselves and their loved ones.
It also gives you and I the opportunity to be inspired by their courage to step into our own power, ignite our own potential and share our gifts so as to make our unique difference in a way that is meaningful to us.
Here's to changing the world, one woman, one family, one dream (hers and ours) at a time.
(Every little bit counts and all donations over $2 are tax deductible)
*Name changed to respect "Mary's" identity