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Success stories

Success storiesThese stories share some of the successes from some of the people we work with, all of which are better equipped for long term poverty reduction thanks to your support.

Below are just a few examples of how the lives of some the worlds most disadvantaged people can be made better through Action 10. 

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Amma, 54, entrepreneur from Togo

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Amma lives in the village of Kondokopé in rural Togo. She has taken advantage of the loans and services that we offer and started a small business selling porridge.

She says business is good, it always sells out. With the loans she buys cooking oil, sugar and plastic containers to sell the porridge in the school and the market. Amma can earn up to 2000 CFA franc a day which has allowed her to make substantial savings to help her cope with unexpected shocks.

With the profit she can feed her children and reinvest in her business.

With your help more people like Amma can work their way out of poverty > 

Fighting ebola with soap, water and information

In 2012 Morris Matada, founder of IDEFOCS contacted Action 10 to ask for help with a terrible disease that was spreading across Liberia – ebola. By the end of the outbreak nearly 5000 people had died in the country leaving the economy and society in a dire state. Action 10 and IDEFOCS took action with 20 000 SEK to protect the inhabitants of three urban slums, each with a population of around 200 people, in the capital Monrovia.

Assistance from our network of advisers

Approximately 100 social organizations were stationed in Monrovia during the ebola epidemic but nearly all of them were focused on treating those who had already fallen sick. Early on, Morris Matada identified a need to protect the rest of society from contracting the disease so Action 10 turned to a medical adviser for assistance.

With her help we created a simple plan that IDEFOCS could implement in the urban slums where they worked with former child soldiers. The instructions were simple; everybody needed to wash themselves regularly, avoid physical contact with anybody who had the disease and not to eat bush meat.

Practical measures

20, 000 SEK was raised and sent to the urban slums where IDEFOCS trained local people in the community to spread the information and provide water & soap. Small showers were installed near the entrances to the communities which allowed anybody who had left the area to wash themselves when they came back in. Here, people were also asked to leave items which might carry infected blood or body fluids outside of the community to restrict the spread of disease.

Not one of the 600 people across the three urban slums that we supported contracted ebola – it was all about soap, water and information. All we did was listen to the local experts on the situation and enable them with the resources to solve the problem themselves.

The difficult journey of a young girl into education

UgandaIn 2013 Cecilia, founder of Action 10, travelled to Togo where she was presented a short play at one of the village schools based on the true story of one of the girls there. 

A school play about a local girl

It portrayed a girl and her parents living in the village when a rich aunty who travelled from the city came to take the girl away. The aunty told the parents that she wanted to put the girl into school and give her all the opportunities of living in the city. The parents were reluctant but thought that it was in the girl’s best interest to get an education and decided to let the girl go with the aunty.

But instead of putting the girl in to school, the aunty put her to work in the house carrying water, cleaning and doing other chores. This is a sad fact of life for many children in Togo where children’s rights to basic education are not always recognized and children are vulnerable to exploitation.

Our visibility to the whole community

One day, a friend of the girl visits her and tells her about a group of people who have come to village to help the children achieve in school. Together, they find a way to reach out to Action 10 and SEVIE for help, who were there to listen and offer assistance. 

Thanks to the success of our programme in raising awareness about children’s rights and education throughout rural Togo, S.E.VIE were able to approach the girl’s parents with a better option for everybody – bringing her back to her family and attending the local school.