The Hunger Project (THP), a global, non-profit, strategic organization, aims to empower women and men to end their own hunger. Their mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
Noélie Dossou from the Kissamey region in Benin is a student in form six at the secondary school (two years before university), and she is one of the youth leaders of the Epicenter (a THP initiated dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their basic needs)
“Very early on, I realized that it wouldn’t be easy for me to achieve my dream of going far with my studies and becoming a mathematics teacher. My family is poor and has few resources to cater for the needs of my six siblings and myself. I therefore opted to start a small business of buying and selling vegetables and foodstuffs.
I had succeeded in getting around US $12 from my mother to start my business. The benefits of that enterprise allowed me to stay in school from form 3 to form 4. I kept fighting on until I met The Hunger Project team at Kissamey Epicenter last summer during a training session that they were holding with the youth.
Young people from the village, including myself, received around US $20 as pedagogical support funds for the promotion of youth entrepreneurship. I succeeded in getting my village’s youth to let me be the first one to use the funds and I yielded much profit. I was therefore able to get financially ready for entering form 6, and I was also able to raise a small capital to continue my trading activities.
I am convinced that with the training that The Hunger Project is giving the youth, many youngsters like me will be able to avoid dropping out of school because of the lack of financial resources that hits our parents. To tell the truth, we favourably welcome this initiative.”
Das Hunger Projekt has received over €12,000 of funding from DM Thomas Foundation.