posted in honor of Blog Action Day, October 16, 2011
Honduras, the third poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean, is home to approximately 7.5 million people. One third of the population lives on less than one dollar per day. As a low-income food deficit country, an estimated 1.5 million face hunger on a daily basis.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Honduran government, in December of 2010, presented the Millennium Development Goals report which highlighted the fact that in May 2009, approximately 60% of the population of Honduras lived in poverty. Of this 60%, 36.4% were considered to be living in extreme poverty meaning their household income did not cover the most basic of necessities, such as food.
Success with Microfinance
For Marina Rodriguez, the challenges of providing basic necessities for herself and her family have been lessened by her involvement with the Adelante Foundation. With a small micro loan, Marina has been able to find success selling beauty products, such as lotion, shampoo and conditioner to her local community. “The Adelante Foundation has helped my family to invest in a small business which has been able to grow and make a bigger profit.” This sustainable source of income has provided Marina with the ability to put more nutritious meals on the table for herself and her family.
As is the case with many of the Adelante Foundation’s clients, regular access to nutritious food is one of the benefits of providing rural Honduran women with microcredit, especially in a country where in some parts, nearly half of the children do not receive the nutrition they need.
To get involved with the Adelante Foundation or for more information, please visit our website at www.adelantefoundation.org