Despite recent political stability, low literacy and high poverty rates continue to threaten Mozambique’s development.

With 46% of its population living below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, poverty remains widespread in the country, dependent primarily of subsistence agriculture. Around 15% of children five years old and younger are malnourished the average life expectancy at birth is just 53 years.

Located on the coast of Southern Africa, and bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland, Mozambique is a country with a population of 25.9 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonization, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, it was not until 1992 that the country experienced political stability.

In 2015/16, the biggest challenge for the Hunger Project in Mozambique was the drought caused by El Niño. In southern Africa, people experienced the worst drought in 35 years. People in rural areas who depend on agriculture were particularly affected.

Successes 2017

Thanks to your support of our epicenter strategy we have already achieved a lot in Mozambique!

  • In 2017, far more people than planned were able to participate in workshops on self-employment (351 people) and vision, commitment & action workshops (2,392 women and 418 men). The aim of these workshops is to prepare the parishioners for the upcoming independence.
  • The workshops on agriculture and food security were also very well attended, as interest was high. 2,563 people instead of the planned 850 benefited from these workshops. The aim of these workshops is to improve farmers' knowledge of sustainable agriculture and to promote good management of natural resources.
  • In 2017, 2,506 members of the microfinance programme were able to participate in training courses. The programme promotes knowledge about the use of rural banks and the establishment of savings groups. They also aim to secure the income of the Epicenter through the introduction of new credit products and services.
  • In addition to this programme, workshops were offered on income-generating activities with a focus on training as a tailor.
  • In addition, a tractor was acquired which will be of great use for increasing crop production and as a source of income for the Epicenter.
  • The Epicenter Chokwe plans to become independent in the course of 2018.


Interview with Mariarosa, Partner of the Microfinance Programme in Mozambique

Mariarosa shows us how she makes bricks. She mixes the sandy soil with the cement and adds water. The she fills the mold with the mixture. The content of the mold will be dried in the sun for a few days. The final bricks will be sold for CHF 1.80 each.

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"In the local VCA (Vision-Commitment-Action)-Workshops of THP, the majority of participants are women and they become empowered to lead their lifes independently, to take action and to influence their communities as self-responsible members. As such, they jointly find their own ways out of chronic hunger and external material dependence. THP joins this process locally, where the people are at home."

Therese Gerber-F├╝rst, Management Consultant, has been supporting THP for more than 10 years

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