African Women Dietary Basket (AWoD-Basket)

Other MMH collaboration partner


Assigned Expertise
Consulting, Marketing strategy
Social impact focus
Agriculture, Family care, Women’s rights, Training & Capacity building, Nutrition, Poverty, Income generation
Part time over weeks
Project location
Project language


Women from fisher communities are often forced to offer sex to fishermen in order to get fish, this has affected their lives a great deal where a majority of women are HIV positive, living with no or less hopes amidst poverty not even sure of what to eat tomorrow. Through WA-WA women academy, we have a rolling project called African Women Dietary Basket (AWoD-Basket) this intervention equips our women beneficiaries with skills to use their small kitchen gardens to produce variety of dietary farm products. We are therefore in need of technical support to scale up the project.

Project Objectives

  • 1. The empowerment of rural African women and market integration for their farm produce.
  • 2. Reduced morbidity and mortality rate among women living with HIV and any other life style condition related to diet.


At the age of 12, both of my parents died of HIV related conditions. My mother used to sell fish in order to take care of us and since we were poor and she couldn't raise capital for the business, she engaged into 'sex for fish' practices so as to secure the dwindling catch of fish. This is how she contracted HIV and both died. Interestingly, as my mother enrolled for medication, my father did not open up and he died in denial instead, he became a perennial drunkard and a violent man, only when he was drunk he could talk about his ill health condition. Today, we still have many like my dad.

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