With the support of the Belgian Development Cooperation the Women's Union of Ninh Thuan (a coastal province in Central/South Vietnam) concentrates on sanitary facilities. Thanks to micro-credits and the creation of a ‘health fund’, the lives of many families have improved. More than one thousand families appealed to fifteen teams that had studied their needs, supplied them with the necessary information and provided funds to build toilets.
An investment by BIO, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries in a Congolese credit bank and an expanded store for an entrepreneurial woman from Kinshasa have more in common than you might think.
In 1950, Peruvians ate twice as many potatoes as today. Nowadays, the market features a number of commercial varieties planted in large plantations. But indigenous potatoes, grown on small plots in higher areas like Huayana, are a forgotten treasure for the average Peruvian. Isabel Huilcapuma and Fredy Carrasco, two farmers from the Andes who took their potatoes to the capital Lima, decided that has to change.