In partnership with local NGOS, Freedom from Hunger is designing services to better meet the needs of rural small-holder farmers to help them manage resources during the lean season. When a woman farmer joins a savings group, she gains access to low-interest loans to expand her income-generating activities. She learns about agricultural techniques to improve crop yield, how to protect her fields during droughts or floods, and about marketing strategies to improve her produce sales. Her group helps her save money to buy seeds, fertilizers or improve her yield, or if needed, pay medical costs if a family member falls ill or to buy food during the lean season. Nutrition education empowers this woman to improve her family’s diet, meet the special nutritional requirements of pregnancy, lactation and early childhood, and plan for the lean season.

Building Resilience in Burkina Faso aims to improve the resilience to financial shocks for at least 80,000 savings group members. Results of this project will be documented and shared with partner organizations serving agricultural communities in other areas within the challenging Sahel region. With rural women as central partners, Freedom from Hunger is able to design solutions that are more successful, sustainable and scalable.