After she entered into marriage and motherhood at a young age, Outreach community partner Mamy from DR Congo found the demands of motherhood time-consuming. Running a household meant she was unable to complete her formal education. For many, this circumstance means diminished expectations, sacrificed in the name of selflessness. Mamy, however, had no such plans to stop learning.
She regularly attended Outreach-facilitated meetings in her community. There, she shared with us that learning a development-focused approach to issue resolution “allowed me to be rational, taught me how to analyze problems and solve them as a group. And it really changed the way I see things from planning, to identifying solutions. It even changed the way I communicate with my husband, as my reasoning ability evolved.” Ultimately equipped with a new approach, the only thing standing in the way of accomplishing her goals changed from “everything” to deciding where to start.
WHERE TO START
Like so many successful journeys, Mamy started things off with a nutritious meal. She threw her energy into ensuring that her own children, as well as the other children in her community, received regular, nutritious meals. In this case, the recipe called for Superflour in DR Congo. It’s a low-cost, high-nutrient porridge made from cost-effective local ingredients.
“The knowledge we’ve gained through our community meetings about the benefits and preparation of [Superflour] has improved our childrens health. It costs us so little that even the adults benefit,” says Mamy.
Superflour in DR Congo is not just a flexible, affordable array of components. A batch of it can scale to fill the needs, and bellies, of as many people who line up to be served. This makes it an incredible, incredibly sustainable means of crossing childhood feeding program off Mamy’s to-do list. Next!
“The knowledge we’ve gained through our community meetings about the benefits and preparation of [Superflour] has improved our childrens health, while costing us so little that even the adults benefit,” says Mamy.
Instead of struggling with an incomplete formal education, Mamy moved with confidence into the role of teacher. Her commitment to her family and community provided something even heartier than Superflour — an example for all of us to follow.
Women like Mamy are one of the reasons were so inspired to continue our work together. She’s also just one of the reasons were so confident about all the successes yet to come.
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