Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, we equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope and dignity.
Freedom from Hunger believes that a world without hunger can be achieved through the principles and practices of self-help, collaboration, innovation, sustainability and respect for the contributions of its in-country partners and the families it serves.
Who We Serve and Why
Because young children are most vulnerable to the ravages of malnutrition, Freedom from Hunger designs its self-help services for women—the primary caretakers of young children. Freedom from Hunger equips women to succeed at the very thing they are already determined to do—feed their children, improve their families’ health and create positive change in their villages.
Where We Work
Freedom from Hunger works in developing nations where chronic hunger is suffered by a large portion of a country’s population. The focus is on rural regions where poverty and hunger are at their worst. We currently work in 24 countries: Bénin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uruguay and Vietnam.
Evidence of Impact
Freedom from Hunger has always let evidence guide its work. In order to achieve greater scale and ensure quality and sustainability, we were one of the first microfinance organizations to rely on rigorous research and evaluation to understand and explain the impacts of its programs.
We utilize a wide range of research methodologies, ranging from quantitative randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and financial diaries to qualitative tools such as impact stories and focus-group discussions. What we learn from our research informs every aspect of our work.
Local, In-Country Partners
By working with local partner organizations and by supporting them with training and technical assistance, our team is reaching far more chronically hungry women and families than we could by acting alone.
When we select partners, we tap into local wisdom and knowledge that ensures that our innovations are adopted and adapted in ways that are culturally, economically and socially relevant. We learn from our partners about the unique challenges in their service areas and how, together, we can overcome them. By training partner organizations to deliver the services—and training them to train others—we ensure that the programs become locally owned, spontaneously shared, and sustained beyond our original collaboration.
We go further to share what we learn with others: developing “communities of practice,” disseminating our research reports, technical guides and training materials through publications, conferences, training workshops and providing customized technical assistance. By doing so, we continue to expand and influence the field of value-added microfinance.