|Sent on:||Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:52 PM|
|Please join Dining for Women and Oxfam America for an evening of inspiring accounts by women working in developing countries, exploring the impact of U.S. foreign aid on women and girls.|
Hear from Emiliana Aligaesha
Farmer, Karagwe district, Kagera region, Tanzania
Emiliana Aligaesha is a coffee, banana, bean, and maize farmer and livestock keeper in Karagwe district, Kagera region in the northern part of Tanzania. Emiliana began her career as a schoolteacher, but when her husband died in 1992 she found that her salary was not enough to reach the educational goals for her children.
Emiliana taught herself how to farm and in 2007 she joined with other farmers in her community to form Kaderes Peasant Development Ltd., a private company that sells coffee and beans. Emiliana and her fellow farmers received support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to find better prices and customers for their products.
Emiliana now exports coffee around the world and the World Food Program has bought her beans to use in emergency food aid programs in neighboring countries. Through her determination, and by leveraging a tiny investment of U.S. foreign aid, Emiliana has become a successful farmer and businesswoman. In 2012, Emiliana was the first runner up in Oxfam's Female Food Hero contest in Tanzania, which highlights the achievements of small-scale women food producers. As a former teacher, Emiliana's proudest accomplishment is that all eight of her children have been put through college as a result of her hard work.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Community Resource Exchange (CRE)
New York, NY 10004
Important: RSVP required to enter building. RSVP here by May 29th.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.