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In the heart of Timor-Leste, remarkable women are paving the way towards a brighter future. They are striving to overcome poverty, create opportunities, and build self-sufficient communities. However, the path isn’t easy. Poverty, inequality, and limited access to education and work opportunities are daily realities for many women in Timor-Leste, particularly in rural areas.
Yet, these women are not deterred. They are the change-makers, the leaders, the trailblazers of their communities. With your support, they will overcome barriers, earn a fair income, and lead their communities out of poverty.
In the rural area of Ostico, Timor-Leste, a group of 11 emerging female leaders known as Hamelale are challenging the status quo. They run a poultry farm, a small food production business, and a savings and loan scheme. Their ambition is to scale up their business to further support themselves and their community.
Another inspiring woman, Maria Tilman, leads the HAFUCO Group. They have been working tirelessly for over a decade to improve the economy, education, and health of their community. One of their key activities is delivering maternal and child health training, which is critically important in a region where almost 50% of children under five years of age suffer from malnutrition.
These women are shining examples of resilience, determination, and the power of community. They are making a real difference in their communities, but they can’t do it alone.
Your donations will be used to support initiatives such as the Hamelale and HAFUCO cooperatives, led by local women working towards community development and self-sufficiency.
Whether you can give a little or a lot, your contribution will make a significant difference. A donation of $50 could fund business skills development training for one woman, while $500 could contribute to the construction of a new chicken house, boosting poultry production and community income.
Your support is not just a donation; it’s an investment in women’s potential. Together, we can create a ripple effect of change that extends beyond individuals to whole communities.
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