Clockwise from left: Sahara Mahama, 40. Her daughter Mariama, 4. A bucket of millet at Sahara's home in the Maradi region of southern Niger.
Sahara Mahama has seven sons and a daughter. She lost four other children; one of them was only 14 days old. 'I lost the youngest one during the rains, in the lean season. I didn't have enough to eat.' Eating has become increasingly harder through the years, recalls Sahara. 'When I was a kid, we used to have three meals: in the morning, at noon, and in the evening.' However, one meal a day has now become the norm. 'It's never guaranteed, but we try.'
Sahara participates in CARE's cash-for-work project. With the money she receives, she buys cereal and gives her children two meals per day.