Browsing Category: Women’s Empowerment

We seek to break down barriers that hold women back — in places like Tanzania — from reaching their full potential by educating and equipping them to make good decisions and lead self-sufficient lives. We seek to break down barriers that hold women back — in places like Tanzania — from reaching their full potential by educating and equipping them to make good decisions and lead self-sufficient lives.

Breaking the cycle of extreme poverty

 

More than 3,300 women from seven countries have participated in Convoy’s Micro+ program since 2011. This economic empowerment initiative works with women living in extreme poverty and provides materials and training for income-generating activities, life skills coaching, weekly food support, access to savings accounts, and health and nutrition education.

As with all of our international work, we actively monitor and evaluate these projects: The results have been remarkable. A pilot project conducted in the Philippines in 2015 revealed 100% of the participants reported an increase in income and 90% reported a decrease in hunger in their household. That’s why we’re so passionate about projects like Micro+: They enable us to address the underlying issues that will end poverty and hunger in the long run.

In addition to our own evaluations, current research of what works in the global fight against poverty and hunger shows significant positive results. A recent article in Science from Innovations in Poverty Action (IPA)**, a research group at Yale University, also validates our approach with Micro+.

The researchers used a randomized evaluation — similar to medical studies — to test the effect of projects on 10,000 households in six different countries (two of which COH works in). The objective was to give extremely poor families a significant boost out of poverty over a short amount of time. The results showed significant increases in food security, household consumption, physical and mental health, and women’s empowerment. Families continued to see substantial benefits two and three years after the start of the program, meaning they are beginning to break the cycle of poverty.

We are continuing to invest in Micro+ and women’s economic empowerment because we’ve seen the positive results in our own work, and because the approach is being validated through studies by leading academic researchers. Micro+ is lifting women and households out of poverty, which means many families are now able to provide necessary meals for their children. Addressing the root of hunger requires a holistic approach — every investment is making a difference.

**footnote: A multifaceted program causes lasting progress for the very poor: Evidence from six countries. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Nathanael Goldberg, Dean Karlan, Robert Osei, William Parienté, Jeremy Shapiro, Bram Thuysbaert, and Christopher Udry. Science 15 May 2015: 348 (6236)

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International Day of the Girl Child: Engage, Equip, Empower

In December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.

The U.N. saw the need to recognize young girls’ rights and challenges globally – encouraging communities around the world to commit to realizing their potential. Eradication of poverty and involving girls in decisions that affect them are vital aspects of breaking the cycle of violence and discrimination, and ensuring the rights of all young women.

Convoy of Hope believes in the empowerment of young girls, and is proud to be committed to the mission of empowering women and eradicating childhood poverty.

Convoy of Hope currently feeds nearly 150,000 children in 10 countries. Through the Children’s Feeding Initiative, they have access to clean water and nutritious meals, giving them energy to engage at school.

Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is active in six countries. The program exists to empower women to make strategic, independent life choices through training, savings groups and non-traditional micro-enterprise development.

“To break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty, we have to reach younger girls,” says Andrea Frey Metzger, program director for Latin America. “If we don’t, they become a part of the same cycle that wronged them.”

We are breaking that cycle through our Empowered Girls Initiative, which brings educational programs to schools and communities. Topics covered in these sessions include self-esteem, gender-based violence and harmful cultural beliefs and practices.

Convoy partners with girls from a young age because we believe these girls will one day grow up to become contributing members of their societies and leaders of their communities.

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