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Located in Southern Africa, Mozambique is a country with a population of 23.5 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonisation, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, civil unrest exacerbated the country’s poor social and economic conditions until 1992 when political stability was reached. With an illiteracy rate of 56.1% and 82% of the population living under £1.50 a day, poverty remains widespread in the country.
Our Work in Mozambique
The Hunger Project has been working in Mozambique since 2006 and is empowering partners in three Epicentre communities. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with partners to successfully access the basic services needs to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and lead lives of self-reliance.
Health and Nutrition
Mozambique is the first country in which The Hunger Project launched a new initiative in fish farm management. This exciting innovation in food security is improving economic stability and self-reliance in Zuza Epicentre through a technical partnership with Millennium Villages (MV). Fish farming activities are expected to grow as it is an activity that the government encourages.
During a busy second half of 2012, The Health Centre in Chókwè Epicentre was successfully inaugurated. This Health Centre represents much needed improvements in accessibility of vital health services. Furthermore, in light of the fact that services offered by the new clinic are carried out and run by the government, the health centre will strengthen Chówkè Epicentre’s relationship with the government.
Mobilisation and Self-Reliance
In 2012, The Hunger Project in Mozambique, emphasised its community mobilisation activities to recruit new microfinance partners, recruiting 76 during the fourth quarter of the year. This is particularly important to Chókwè Epicentre, where The Hunger Project hopes to recognise its first rural bank this year. The recruitment of microfinance partners is a crucial step forward for all Microfinance Programmes to receive official recognition as rural banks.
Through its Microfinance Programme in the first half of 2012, The Hunger Project disbursed loans total £23, 837. Partners in Mozambique deposited £3, 457 in savings during the year of 2012.
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