Tovoke: “working the sea”

December 2014
Tovoke is a 44-year-old man living in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a father of four children but poverty has prevented him from officially

Suzanne Tsovalae: belief in commerce

December 2014
"We do everything we can not to slip into poverty," says Suzanne Tsovalae, aged 23, of Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. She describes how she

Suzanne Tsovalae: interview transcript

December 2014
Suzanne Tsovalae lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 23 when she was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Ranotenie: interview transcript

December 2014
Ranotenie is a farmer living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 46 when she was interviewed on 18 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011.

Ranotenie: security through cattle

December 2014
Ranotenie is a 46-year-old married woman from Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar, who has 12 children. Together with her husband she farms fields

Randriamahefa: interview transcript

December 2014
Randriamahefa is a farmer and former migrant living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 49 when he was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural

Randriamahefa: progress through migration

December 2014
Randriamahefa, aged 49 and a father of 10, lives inTanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Much of his story is about how he has responded to challenges

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: interview transcript

December 2014
Ranaivo Jean Noelson lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 23 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: meeting community needs

December 2014
Ranaivo Jean Noelson, aged 23 and a father of three, lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a fisherman and also owns and farms some

Manantane Babay: interview transcript

December 2014
Manantane Babay lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 19 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Francoise Haova: interview transcript

December 2014
Francoise Haova lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 66 when she was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Manantane Babay: spreading the risk

December 2014
"Indeed [education is] important, but it was my affliction that caused me to leave," says 19-year-old Manatane Babay, from Tanandava in Androy, southern

Francoise Haova: funeral brings destitution

December 2014
Francoise Haova is a 66-year old widow who lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Some of her children have migrated for work; some of her

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: farming, “a miserable life”

December 2014
"We work all day long, just to feed ourselves", says 47-year-old Nawal Mohamed Khalil of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She and her husband

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: interview transcript

December 2014
Nawal Mohamed Khalil lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She was aged 47 when she was interviewed on 22 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: no jobs for the young

December 2014
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid, 55, a semi-retired resident of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt, describes the last 10 years as "the peak of suffering for

Zhang Guobao: 'physical strength is our capital'

December 2014
Zhang Guobao – of Donghao village, Hebei province, China – is a widower of 43 who lost his sight in a mining accident in 2002. "Physical strength is our

Li Guimin: business matters

December 2014
Li Guimin, aged 50, lives in Donghao village, Hebei province, China, where she has been head of the Village Women Deputies Committee since 1995. In addition

Oumar Diédhiou: education helps farmers

December 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a single man of 22 living in the village of Badiana, Casamance province, Senegal. He has two brothers and one sister, and has been the

Abibatou Goudiaby: "all I know is farming"

December 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby, aged 21 and married with three children, lives in Kagnarou village, Casamance, Senegal. She says, "Of course I would do something better

Pascaline Bampoky: “women are good managers”

December 2014
"I believe that if you come into a community, you have to follow its mode of functioning," says Pascaline Bampoky, a 30-year-old mother of three and a

Abdoulaye Badji: farming needs modernizing: education helps farmers

December 2014
Abdoulaye Badji, aged 50 and a member of the Jola ethnic group, lives in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. He supports his own family and two of

Bakary Diédhiou: borrowing money to buy food

December 2014
"l am a peasant. I plough and it is what I harvest that I use to feed my family," states 60-year- Bakary Diédhiou of Tenghory, Casamance province in Senegal.

Bintou Sambou: “marriage is a shelter against poverty”

December 2014
Bintou Sambou is a 45-year-old widow. She lives at her father's compound in Bignona, Casamance province, Senegal, together with her four children. Bintou