Clockwise from left: Sakina Moudi (left), 30, and Halima Abdou, 25. Their children Kassoumou (right), 4, and Massaoudou, 10 months. Sakina takes sorghum out of a sack at her home in the Maradi region of southern Niger.
Halima Abdou has five children. Sakina Moudi has six children and suffered the loss of one.Last year they harvested 40kg of cereal. 'It only lasted for five days,' says Sakina. This year they didn't get any crops. In the periods without food, their husband collects and sells wood to buy yam flour.
Now their husband participates in CARE's cash-for-work project and continues to sell firewood to get additional income. 'With this support, we get to eat abundantly,' explains Halima, 'we buy millet, sorghum, and corn.' They serve their children two meals per day, one in the morning and one in the evening.