Mozambique

Improving Livelihoods in Mozambique’s Border Communities

This project addresses the interwoven issues of food security, poverty and HIV/AIDS in three districts in Manica Province. CHF’s gender-responsive sustainable livelihoods approach begins with a focus on communities and helps them identify the assets, activities, entitlements, coping mechanisms and adaptive strategies that make up their livelihoods.

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Monica gets a helpful boost

Monica is expecting a bumper crop, and she has seeds to spare for next planting season thanks to some remarkable changes over the last couple of years. A widow now for just over twenty years, when her children died of HIV and AIDS they left her nine active grandchildren—a lot of mouths to feed on Monica’s pension of a month. Under the grinding weight of the poverty she faced, she was finding it impossible to make ends meet when she was selected to participate in a project to empower local communities.

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Anna says 'Enough is Enough!'

Just over four years ago Anna Naifi was married to a polygamous, alcoholic and abusive husband. With four wives and 19 children her husband never provided for his family, but instead had his wives provide for him. Failure to produce food and money for beer resulted in severe beatings.

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CHF’s projects in Mozambique grew out of our work in neighbouring Zimbabwe. We are working in rural and often remote communities to improve food security and diversify incomes while also increasing communities’ access to social services, particularly for those affected by HIV and AIDS.