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Comfort Dorkutso, coffee vendor, GhanaComfort Dorkutso is 31 years old and lives in Ghana. She joined Nestlé Professional's My Own Business (MYOWBU) street vending programme in 2012, selling coffee to early-rising commuters. With the income she is able to take care of her mother, siblings and her niece, left in her care after the death of her sister. “I have been able to rent an apartment and I am looking forward to saving enough in order to build my own shop," she says. “The peak time for selling coffee is early in the morning, so I can still go to school or participate in other business ventures for the rest of the day. It's hard work, but it's very rewarding."
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Kiran Zulfiqar, livestock worker, Pakistan19-year-old Kiran Zulfiqar had wanted to pursue higher education, but after her father’s heart surgery, the responsibility of caring for her family and providing for her siblings’ education fell on her. She took part in the Nestlé dairy development programme to learn about basic animal health care and to developed related skills such as how to vaccinate animals. After her training, Kiran started helping other farmers in her village to check and maintain the health of their animals. In the future, she hopes to study animal health care and management. "I signed up for the training as I knew the increased income would benefit my family and community," she says.
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Samata Alidu, maize grower and shea harvester, Ghana40-year-old maize grower and shea harvester Samata Alidu lives in Gushie, in northern Ghana. She is one of 24,000 female farmers who have received training in better agricultural practices through the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement Project. Thanks to the advice she has received from our agronomists, she has been able to more than double her production. "The impact on the community has been immense’’, she says. “I can now pay my children’s school fees. I can now afford to sew them school uniforms. And I even have some extra income."
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Alicia Bedacarratz, cook and entrepreneur, Argentina51-year-old Alicia Bedacarratz is cook who generates extra income by selling her specialities to the local community. She started by selling fruit salads in the street and preparing sandwiches for the employees of a taxi company that opened near her home. Now, after participating in Nestlé's 'Rico Negocio' programme, she has expanded her business to cater to many others in her neighborhood. Through the programme - which teaches participants about business, cooking, nutrition, and food safety - Alicia learnt how to change her product presentation and communication. In doing so, she has tripled her production. "Rico Negocio has helped me to add new recipes and widen my product offer," she says.
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Agathe Vanier, cocoa cooperative president, Côte d’IvoireAgathe Vanier is the president of COPAZ, a cocoa cooperative based in Divo, in central-western Côte d'Ivoire. Agathe led a campaign to demonstrate how the inclusion of women in cocoa farming could not only have a positive impact on their families, but on the country as a whole. In 2010, her 600-woman cooperative joined the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. Nestlé provides them with high-yielding, disease-tolerant cocoa seedlings and technical assistance. The cooperative also received support from Nestlé to buy a new truck for delivering cocoa beans. “In our tradition, cocoa farming was only reserved for men," she says. "We fought for our right to some land and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan supports us."
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Dona Penha, door-to-door distributor, BrazilDona Penha is 74 and lives in São Paulo, Brazil. She is the main breadwinner in her household. In the morning, she cares for her family, and in the afternoon, she works selling products door-to-door through the Nestlé até Você programme. She has almost doubled her income by participating in the programme and has managed to extending her home from one room to four bedrooms. Now she has made improvements to her house and her children are nearly grown up, she is looking forward to providing the best for her grandson, so that he can have more opportunities in the future. "I have evolved together with Nestlé," she says.
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Saly Koné, culinary vendor, Côte d'IvoireSaly Koné, 33, sells spices and seasonings in the open market of Abobo in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. After the sudden death of her father several years ago, Saly's family began to experience financial difficulties. She had to leave education to assist her mother in the family business, which she took full control of when she turned 25. Saly has become an active participant in Nestlé's Maggi brand 'cooking caravan' programme. It has enabled her to promote best practices in healthy cooking and to earn new customers. “Today, I can secure a good education for my daughter," she says.