At the start of the three-year program, the 80 families
selected to participate had little or no income, were
not able to adequately feed their families, suffered
from preventable diseases and had little hope of
improving their lives.
Today, these same families enjoy better health and have
the means to generate income. Here are some of the
The incidence of malaria, diarrhea and
tuberculosis have steeply declined.
No individual suffers from malnutrition.
All the families have at least one income-generating
activity (IGA) and can meet their subsistence needs.
Household savings range between $60 and $200 U.S.
Families are now paying 50% of their own education and
Through the nine family groups, members now have social
ties and rely on each other for support and economic
Many families have begun secondary IGAs to ensure a
steady source of income.
Ninety-seven percent of the village participants have
been voluntarily tested for HIV. Those positive
individuals receiving anti-retroviral treatment have
experienced increased CD4 counts, a sign of a
strengthening immune system.
All adults and secondary school children have been
educated about HIV, its transmission and prevention.
Secondary school students formed anti-AIDS youth clubs
and now serve as peer educators in their communities and