Niger is one of the countries with the lowest pro capite GDP in the world. The economy is based on farming and agriculture, but the northern part of the country, where Timia is located, near the city of Agadez, is characterized by a dry and arid climate that does not allow the development of agriculture. The main activity of subsistence for the inhabitants of this area, is the rearing of sheep and goats.
With this project, the Marcegaglia Onlus Foundation, in collaboration with a local partner and some Nigerian women’s associations, offers support through the traditions of the country by providing a chance for integration to young people and women in economic and social distress. Beneficiaries have been selected by a general assembly of the local associations that endorsed widows or grandchildren, with no income but with experience in farming. They receive a small initial contribution, with the purchase of two goats per family for production of milk and, whenever possible, of cheese: women thus start an activity that guarantees not only family livelihood but also an income to escape from humanitarian handouts.