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Epicenter Strategy-In Africa,
THP?s methodology is implemented through epicenters, clusters of rural villages
where women and men are mobilized to create and run their own programs to meet
basic needs. Through the Epicenter Strategy, THP builds the capacity of rural
women and men so they can successfully achieve lives of self-reliance and

Over an approximately five-year period, an epicenter
becomes self-reliant, meaning it is able to fund its own activities and no
longer requires financial investment from THnutrition, education, adult literacy,
empowerment of women, improved farming and food storage methods, microfinance, income
generation, and water and sanitation. The strategy builds community spirit
through a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population.

The Epicenter Strategy is sustainable. The primary resources are
the local people themselves and more effective use of local government
services. Income generation is built into the strategy from the start.
Moreover, an emphasis is placed on protecting the environment. People at our
epicenters learn composting and small-scale, environmentally sound irrigation
and fertilization techniques, as well as strategies for soil conservation,
reforestation and water management.


Government officials are
involved at every stage of the Epicenter Strategy. The first step is for THP to
meet with government representatives to apprise them of our approach and gain
their support. After the villagers build the epicenter multifunctional
community facility and nurses? quarters, the local government provides
teachers, nurses, and supplies for the pre-school, adult literacy classes and
health clinic.

key component of the Epicenter Strategy is our Microfinance Program. The goal
of the Microfinance Program in each epicenter is to gain government recognition
for the microcredit facility to operate as a licensed Rural Bank, owned by
community members and managed entirely by women. The recognition of the bank is
a milestone event that signals the transition of the community into
self-reliance as the Rural Bank provides the epicenter community with
sustainable access to savings and credit facilities. To date, 19 epicenters in
seven countries have gained government recognition and function as Rural Banks.

Donations Go To

Global Hunger Project dba The Hunger Project
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 94-2443282)