Miama is selling rice and building her future.

Credit with Education helps over 2.4 million women like Miama gain independence.

In rural Mali, Miama sells rice to support her family. She and her husband are responsible for earning the money that buys food for her household of seven. Until recently, this has been a major strain. But now, thanks to both a microloan and the group support Miama receives from Freedom from Hunger's Benkadi Tongorongo association, Miama no longer has to worry. She's building a thriving business and even has extra money to spend on her family.

The Benkadi Tongorongo association is part of the Kondo Jigima Credit with Education program, which gives micro loans and free health education to women like Miama. Through the association, women pay back loans with small installments of about US$5 a week and have access to both the group support and the savings system the program offers.

Before joining the program, Miama did not have enough money to buy food, send her children to school, or even keep her family healthy. After she and her husband contracted malaria and were unable to work, her entire family suffered. Miama and her husband both sold extra rice to pay the doctor's bills, but the sacrifice left them with little food for the months ahead.

Thanks to Freedom from Hunger, however, Miama and her husband are now able to provide for their children and even save for emergencies. After only four months in the Credit with Education program, the rice business is flourishing and they no longer wonder how they will pay for treatment if illness strikes.

According to Miama, the loans, support, and tools her group share at weekly meetings are the reason for her great success. Now, thanks to Freedom from Hunger, her income - and the well-being of her family - is steadily growing.

Freedom from Hunger has helped over 2.4 million women like Miama. Take a moment to meet some of these women and read their stories. You will be inspired by their dedication, hard work, and commitment to building a brighter future!

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