Livelihoods, Agriculture and Health Interventions in Action (LAHIA) Project
The LAHIA project is funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace with the goal to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition among poor, rural households (HH).
The project is improving the nutritional status of children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women, increasing access to food for vulnerable households, reducing vulnerability to shocks, and improving women’s participation at household and community levels.
Project interventions strive to facilitate changing perceptions, attitudes and behaviors that will lead to acceptance of women’s participation in household decisions, and achieving equity in access to and control of resources. The project uses the established Husbands’ School approach to involve men as change agents in women’s reproductive health decisions and increase inter-couple dialogues. Women’s Savings and Loan Groups and the associated, Small Businesses increase social cohesion among women, while also increasing their economic status, leadership skills, and decision-making power. Project Community Champions also help create a community-wide dialogue about women’s roles in society. Women’s leadership is also evident from the local community institutions they now participate, in such as Village Development Committees, Village Early Warning System, and WASH Management Committees.
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