We empower women with local initiatives by co-developing programs with local and international NGOs.
This is particularly the case:
Stop Hunger supports Nonhlanhla Joye, and her start-up Umgibe Farming Organics, allows 3,000 families from the Durban townships in South Africa to survive. Original and easy to reproduce, this idea of small crops of fresh vegetables above ground, accessible to all, has become an economic and social model of market gardening micro-cooperatives empowers women and surrounding communities, creates jobs and boosts local economic activity, while respecting the environment.
“Horta na laje” (Gardens on the roofs) is a Stop Hunger program, launched in 2017 in Paraisópolis, one of the largest and poorest favelas in São Paulo. Among the 100,000 inhabitants, nearly 30% of mothers of families leave their jobs when children arrive. Less income means more poverty and hunger, adding to the risks of marginalization and major insecurity.
Co-created with the Paraisópolis Women’s Association, the program Horta na laje aims to achieve the opposite balance: to give training and tools to the mothers of families to cultivate small organic gardens together, to provide their families with healthy food and to have an income by selling a part of their crop. Other NGOs and social entrepreneurs now want to contribute to the development of this model to boost its impact.
Identify, convince, mobilize, train and accompany 60 of the poorest women to create and develop two local agricultural cooperatives, sustainable sources of work and income, and economic activity for communities… This is a work of consultation, co-construction and training between the NGO World Vision, Sodexo teams and the “local advisory committees” of two municipalities, which are promoters of the program within the population. Those involved include local elected representatives, farmers, teachers, parents, a social worker and religious leaders. Based on a multi-stakeholder mobilization, this rural entrepreneurship program started last February, 200 km from Bucharest.
As part of a World Food Programme (WFP) assistance program for the government of India, Sodexo experts currently train over 6,900 educators, including 50% of cook’s helpers, on good restaurant practices to ensure food safety. In the disadvantaged area of Dhenkanal in the country’s northeast, this training not only helps to prepare healthy meals for nearly 130,000 children in more than 1,600 schools, it also helps develop women’s skills, providing a means of finding a job elsewhere.
In Tunisia, at the end of the YEAH! Mission, the recommendations of our Sodexo experts on organizing local purchases include the Community Organizations of Rural Women.
In southern Guinea, with WFP, we support the steamed rice trade produced locally by 500 women in two cooperatives, and also train thousands of others in this quality production. This rice now mainly supplies schools in the region. These two examples clearly show that supporting the production of rural women can provide free, nutritious meals for millions of children and have a positive impact on their lives and futures, as well as more widely in local communities and countries.