Adélia Mate, born in Zuzu, Mozambique, is 57 years old, married and the mother of five children. She is an animator at The Hunger Project-Mozambique. She first learned about The Hunger Project in 2010 during a Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA) session in her county. She went on train in agro-processing and in 2011 she decided to join The Hunger Project-Mozambique as an animator. Adélia describes her experience and transformation:
“My participation in different programs implemented by The Hunger Project led to notable changes in my life as well as in my community in general. With the trainings and financial support given to me, I started to produce and sell breads.
After the training, I worked with another animator who is my neighbor and together we started to do business in the village. This business made us overcome challenges and suffering we were facing, because before starting the business I used to walk 15km to Chalucuane while caring firewood to sell there. Now, with the microfinance loan I received from The Hunger Project, apart from bread, I also sell clothes and I am able to provide food and pay school expenses, particularly for my younger daughter who is studying at grade 11 in Maputo city. I bought a cow that helps me in farming and I started to produce bricks for building an improved house.”
In her role as an animator, Adélia is working hard to mobilize other community partners and support The Hunger Project-Mozambique with epicenter strategy implementation. She says that she is grateful for the trainings and work The Hunger Project has given to her. “I assure that I will not be tired of sharing the knowledge I have to help others in ending hunger and poverty.”