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On 6 March 2012, the world met the Millennium Development Goal to half the number of people without access to safe water, in advance of the 2015 deadline. But, disparities loom large, including in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over 40 per cent of people who still lack access to this vital resource. Marie Bola carries a water bucket, in her village of Mabala. The country’s drinking water coverage remains among the lowest worldwide.
DR Congo, 2010 ©UNICEF/Asselin
On International Women’s Day we want to celebrate some of the countless women who are the backbone of Fairtrade.
Like Immaculee Nimavu Musangi. She is one of the women leaders at SOPACDI coffee cooperative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Women were severely affected in the conflict in eastern DRC, and many of the women farmers are widows. Since 2011, a women’s premium is being paid on all purchases of SOPACDI coffee, estimated to bring in USD 8000 in the first year.
“We need more support to ensure women are able to build their individual capacity so we are better prepared to take care of our families,” says Immaculee. “Congolese women often are alone on this journey,”
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This website is great for case studies. The website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development. Click on ´Themes´ or the country you need.
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