But they don't have equal access to the training and tools they need to make a difference.
Around the world, 43% of all farmers are women (UN FAO). If women had the same exact resources, training, and farming tools as men, 150 million fewer people would go hungry worldwide.
That’s a staggering number. And this is why we’re asking you to stand with women today.
When you make a gift today, more women can access life-changing economic opportunities and training through their local churches. Equip women to rise to their full potential so they can raise their families and communities out of poverty.
$10 a month could provide 4 women with agricultural training, tools to grow resilient crops to feed their families.
$20 a month could create opportunities for women to join self-help groups where they can access small business loans and support to rise out of poverty.
$50 could launch a support group in for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence to pursue healing together.
Before Lutiya attended farmers' training through her church in Malawi, she was only growing about five bags of maize.
Between her, her children, and her husband, this was simply not enough to eat. It also wasn't enough to sell or earn income. "We had lost hope because life here is very hard," Lutiya said.
Their children’s education was affected, and the family faced financial penalties for not paying school fees on time. “It meant they would miss classes. We did not even have money to buy a pen, let alone regularly pay school fees,” Lutiya shares. They continued to live like this, struggling to make ends meet. Then, a life-changing opportunity came through their Pastor.
“I decided to put in effort and, as a result, on my first harvest I was able to get 36 bags of maize,” said Lutiya. "This not only fed us, but we were able to sell and make some money...We were also able to build a better house for our family. We are now able to start paying school fees regularly and our children are able to attend classes.”
Lutiya is grateful for the opportunity to lift herself and her family out of poverty: “We are thankful to AG Care and Tearfund who, with the teachings they brought to us through Pastor Chitekwele, have transformed our lives.”
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