Iceboxes help them keep their fish fresh in the market, allowing them to sell more stock each day.
The iceboxes were supplied by WorldFish and CARE Egypt as part of the larger “Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector” (IEIDEAS) project that supports women retailers who sell fish in rural markets or at the road-side.
Without ice to keep their fish in good condition throughout the day, many women find they have to discard the last few kilograms of their stock at the end of the day due to exposure to heat and dust.
The Strengthening Aquatic Resource Governance (STARGO) project aims to build resilient livelihoods among poor rural producers who depend on the highly contested natural resources in these freshwater eco-regions, with the intent of improving nutrition, income, welfare and human security, while also reducing the likelihood of broader social conflict.
Every year during the wet season the swollen Zambezi River bursts its banks, destroying homes and crops, flooding classrooms, and displacing communities across the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia.
For 13-year-old Ilinanga Mulonda and thousands like her, this means their education is put on hold -- for some permanently -- while the floodwater inundates their classrooms, and their parents struggle to pay for school fees.
Like many young Zambian women, Mary Kapwamba was forced to abandon her education when she discovered that she was pregnant. She was devastated.
Md. Mosaref Sikdar lives in Islampur village in Patuakhali district of Bangladesh. Nearly 15 years ago when Mosaref launched his carp nursery on a small pond, he had no access to aquaculture training sessions. He worked without prior knowledge or external assistance of any kind.
Cyclone Sidr struck the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh in November 2007, taking more than 3,000 lives and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and destitute. The cyclone destroyed crops, farming equipment, fishing boats, and disrupted the local people’s livelihoods.