Isabel’s Journey with The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy

November 14, 2023

Isabel, a thriving entrepreneur and hard-working farmer from Maculuve, a rural community in Mozambique lives in abundance and ensures that her children receive quality education to break the cycle of poverty.

But it wasn’t always that way in Maculuve.

The community grappled with the harsh conditions of hunger and poverty.


households with moderate or severe hunger


households below the poverty line

Data from 2022 

In response to these challenges, we at The Hunger Project work collaboratively and closely with community members to define clear visions for the future and commit to the sustainable eradication of hunger and poverty through our Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA) workshops. 

Isabel, who was among nearly 1,000 community members who actively participated in workshops, expressed:

We are no longer waiting for others to help us. We are taking charge of our own future.

Building Self-Reliance

The VCA workshops are part of our Epicenter Strategy – holistic community development approach that helps rural communities to create their own futures. The strategy aims to mobilize communities across Africa to create a self-reliant future by empowering them with the skills and resources needed to take charge of their own development through a range of programs, including health, education, agriculture and water, sanitation & hygiene. 

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Isabel’s involvement in the epicenter has equipped her to take charge of her own future. She has gained knowledge and skills that have helped her improve her livelihood and become more self-reliant. For example, she  learned about sustainable farming practices that have helped her increase her crop yields and improve the nutrition amongst  her family.

By involving community members in every aspect of the program, from planning to implementation, empowered individuals like Isabel take charge of their own development.

To learn more about our work in Mozambique, click here.

Photo credit (top to bottom): Community members in the Maculuve Epicenter and Isabel holding straw that she harvested from her garden in Mozambique, 2022                                              Photo for The Hunger Project