“The headman lets us stay here. There are seven families and we all live on the edge of the village. We don’t have any land but sometimes we can work in the fields of the landowners. My family used to have rice fields and a buffalo but my Grandfather had to sell them. He owed too much money because of the drought and then after that the price was so low they couldn’t afford to harvest the crop. Every day we struggle to feed our children even one meal. We want them to go to school but it’s impossible! It’s too far and we have no money to send them.”
In so many parts of the world the scales are firmly tipped against the poorest of the poor. For them there are no support systems, nowhere to appeal for help or justice, no access to lenders or investors to support their creative ideas and no way out of the poverty that they face each day of their lives. We are working with them to support their efforts to bring change for themselves, their children and their children’s children.