This update provides successes of the project in alleviating lives of widows based on two case studies of Enelesi Jonasi and Asiyatu Kiri, a young and elderly widow respectively. In the center of food insecurity and economic hardships, widows are suffering from the impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa women take the brunt of caring for the family even in the presence of husbands. In the context of HIV and AIDS, women’s lack of ownership and control over economic assets such as housing and land often leave them impoverished. This is especially true in communities where AIDS-related stigma is high and widows can become socially isolated. Women who own or otherwise control economic assets are better able to prevail over such crises and transitions. With about $300 which you contributed, the project constructed an earthen pond each to Enelesi and Asiyatu of about 250m2, and bought 750 baby fish that were stocked in the ponds. The two ponds plus other agricultural activities linked to the ponds have improved the living standards of Enelesi and Asiyatu tremendously. Without your support, these people would’ve remained destitute.
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