We have invested over the last three years US $ 4 million in programs to empower women who take action against hunger in their local communities, helping those most in need. Today, 24 effective and measurable initiatives are supported in 17 countries, in collaboration with Stop Hunger volunteers from the local teams of Sodexo, our founding partner.
Among these 24 initiatives:
In addition to learning the cooking techniques, they benefit from courses on personal development, entrepreneurship and empowerment as well as in better understanding the job market. AFESU, Associacao Feminia de Estudos Sociais e Universitarios (Women's Association for Social and University Studies), was created in 1963.
“I am currently in the 2nd year of journalism. My apprenticeship made a real difference: much more than cooking, I learned teamwork, which is useful in any business!” Denise Alves de Paula, former student, AFESU Moinho.
As part of Stop Hunger’s skills-based volunteering program, Sodexo employees will be delivering workshops in different areas of expertise such as cooking, baking, electrical maintenance, etc., to allow these women regain a decent life and better living conditions for themselves and their children.
Founded in 1983 in Burkina Faso, for almost 15 years, A.S.I. has been supporting teenage girls who are among the most vulnerable and homeless in the Republic of Congo.
The project aims to train 550 smallholder women farmers (impacting 8,250 people within 30 villages) in beekeeping, sustainable farming practices and efficient water usage. Surpluses are sold in local markets, feeding 500 people and providing them with better living conditions.
Founded in 2009, UTMT Society is a non-profit organization that promotes beekeeping with indigenous bees and eco-friendly gardening to increase populations of bees, crops and family incomes.
Lone-single parent families (95% female led) benefit from a safe space and special support. In addition to hot meals, laundry facilities and kindergarten, parents are welcomed and assisted by family workers.
The aim is for Stop Hunger volunteers from Sodexo Ireland will help give beneficiaries a clear vision of jobs available in the catering industry and can help them find work.
This building will help the local farmers, a majority of whom are women, centralize their vegetable and coffee production, share costs and improve their visibility.
A total of 100 smallholder farmers are benefiting from advice and support to improve the quality of their organic crops and their production is being sold at a fair price directly to private buyers in the nearby city. Finally, international Himalayan hikers will soon be able to visit the cooperative and buy local products.
Since 2018, the traditional collective kitchens (Comedores Populares, a social movement of the 1970s, created and led by women) welcome innovative culinary and nutrition workshops: Ccori Cocinas Bondadosas (Ccori Kind Kitchens).
There, mothers learn to prepare tasty meals on a small budget, using local produce and leftovers, therefore eliminating waste. With Stop Hunger’s support, 51 new workshops over the next two years will enable mothers to benefit from the knowledge, recipes, advice and nutritional support of Sodexo experts.