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The global economic crisis is affecting us all this winter. In the poorest countries around the world, it’s pushing millions of people into acute hunger and poverty, as the costs of everyday essentials soar: in some communities, the cost of bread has risen 163% and the cost of fuel 253%.1  

But there is hope. In these communities, women and girls are finding innovative solutions to the hunger crisis, so they can feed their families in a more sustainable way, long into the future.  

If you give a gift to our Christmas appeal today, you can make an investment in transformative projects. For example, women who are adopting climate-resilient farming methods, or setting up community seed banks.  

You can support women to grow a future without hunger. 

How your donation could help women to grow a future without hunger

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Farming the future: Bulbuli’s story 

Bulbuli, 38, is a farmer, activist and head of a local women farmers’ group in Bangladesh, which she set up with the support of ActionAid.   

She says living costs are “soaring higher and higher” in Bangladesh:

Everything has doubled in price. As the price of oil has increased, everything has increased.” 

But thanks to the farmers’ group, she and other local women are finding solutions. They’ve been adapting their farming methods to grow food more reliably and sustainably.  

Now, Bulbuli owns a small plot of land and grows vegetables like aubergine and pumpkin – enough to feed her family and sell any surplus at the local women’s market. 

“Women farmers groups bring women together,” she says. “Unity is a strength for us.” 

Bulbuli set up a women farmer's group with the support of ActionAid.

Fabeha Monir/ActionAid

16-year-old Rumana is a student who dreams of becoming a professional dancer when she's finished school.

Fabeha Monir/ActionAid

New independence: Rumana’s story 

“I love that my mother is a farmer - it makes me proud to watch her every day and do something she loves,” says 16-year-old Rumana, from Bangladesh.  

Around here, women don’t usually work and farming was once seen as a man’s job. But this is changing. Now nearly all the women in our village farm and earn a living.” 

Rumana lives in a multi-generational home, which she shares with 22 others, and has been hit hard by the cost of living crisis. But it’s her mum Srimoti, a farmer and member of a local women’s group, who is helping them to make it through. 

“My mother has found a new sense of independence since she started farming,” Rumana says. “She is able to contribute towards our household and I hope to one day be self-reliant like her too.” 

"Everyone says it’s important for girls to know how to cook but I think it’s more important that we know how to grow. Being able to grow your own food means that in a crisis, you will still have something to survive on.” 

The women your donation could support

  • Millicent, ActionAid christmas appeal 2022

    Helping women like Millicent to escape violence

    Millicent, from Uganda, is a survivor of extreme violence. She was beaten, imprisoned and attacked with acid by her former husband. She and her children were left homeless, before finding safety at an ActionAid shelter.

    "I had nowhere to sleep. I had nothing to eat," she says. "ActionAid stood with me during that period. They took me to the hospital, I got treatment.

    "Even if I lost one eye, at least I am still alive."

    At the shelter, Millicent spoke to legal professionals who took her seriously for the first time. They supported her through a new court case: "ActionAid did not get tired. It continued facilitating witnesses to come to Court for a period of one year and three months," she says. Finally, Millicent won her case and her former husband was convicted.

  • Helping leaders like Florence to transform communities

    More than 10,900 women have been supported by an ActionAid women’s shelter in Uganda alone, since 2019. Florence, director of a woman's network in Kampala, is one of the pioneering women who are working to make a difference.

    "I am very proud of what I am doing and I have passion for it, because when I see the women are smiling, I also smile," she says.

    "My strength is that I have talked to many survivors, I have counselled many survivors and I am proud that most of the survivors I have counselled are doing well. Women are coming out and saying no, as women, we should stand up and do our own things and not be dependent on men."

    Support more women like Millicent and Florence


  • 1https://actionaid.org/sites/default/files/publications/Doubly%20Devastating%20-%20ActionAid%202.pdf
Farzana, member of a local women's farming collective in Bangladesh. Fabeha Monir/ActionAid

Page updated 2 November 2023