Niger

CARE's work in Niger

CARE first worked in Niger in 1974, in response to a drought emergency. Further food security crises over the years prompted us to develop a food crisis early warning system. This brings together information gathered by the community, government and private monitoring agencies to help prevent future emergencies. We also work with communities on disaster risk reduction and creating sustainable livelihoods. We help reduce child malnutrition and food insecurity through integrated farming initiatives that include improving water management, distributing seeds and livestock and reforestation.

Birthplace of our savings and loan scheme

Niger is the birthplace of CARE's pioneering village savings and loan approach, which has been adopted worldwide as a key strategy to empower vulnerable women.

The Mata Masu Dubara project (meaning ingenious women or women on the move) has had a huge impact on women's lives, economically empowering them and raising their social and political status. Through Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), women members save and pool money in groups, which they can draw on as a buffer for hard times and as loans to start up or develop small businesses. Groups also set up cooperative projects – such as granaries to store grain or collective vegetable gardens to enrich their children's nutrition. CARE also provides training for group members.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

CARE's reach

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our mission

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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