A new exhibition featuring images shot by Jillian Edelstein on behalf of non-governmental organisation FXB International, show families from Burundi, China, Uganda, Colombia, India and Rwanda who are working their way out of poverty
A photography exhibition shows people fighting poverty by setting up their own businesses with help from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) FXB International. Ezebia Nyakabiga is a 52-year-old widow with six children from Bujumbura, Burundi, who received medical, financial and educational support. She is photographed here with her son Eric, 17, who helps her with her coal business. Ezebia is now self-sufficient.
This banana plantation cooperative in Ngoma village, Rwanda, has 40 members. Through the FXB Village programme, they were able to acquire land and seeds for their business.
“Over the last 25 years, FXB International has worked tirelessly across the world to give hope to some of the world’s most forgotten people. Through our programmes, including the FXB Villages, we have lifted thousands of people out of extreme poverty. But, the battle is still far from over," says Albina du Boisrouvray, founder and honorary president of FXB. Here, Anna Rodriguez’s children play outside her shop in the Bendicion de Dios slum in Barranquilla, northern Colombia. She is HIV positive and received anti-retroviral drugs from the NGO.
Salam Abem is also HIV positive and lives in Thongiu village, Imphal East, Manipur, in north-eastern India. "Salam lost her husband to Aids. She is a member of the Yaiphabi weaving self-help group supported by FXB. She can earn 2,000 Indian rupees [£20] per month in this group," says the NGO.
"Born in 1962, Furaha Rwanyindo Emmanuel is responsible for 12 family members, his wife, six children in secondary school, three children in primary school, and one who has already graduated. He now has 100 banana [plant]s in a plantation, which he began eight months ago. By next year, he hopes to earn 1,000,000 Rwandan francs [£86] per year from this production," says FXB.
Donations from FXB helped build this water tank in Muhanga district, South Province, Rwanda.
Emmanuel is another programme beneficiary. He was photographed in his school playground with his plastic handmade football. There are three classrooms at the school and 300 pupils.
At 46, Josephine Ntunzwenimana, from Bujumbura, in Burundi, is a widow and supports eight children. She is a member of an association that produces rice. FXB gave her the money to join them. They buy, sell and clean rice as a collective.
Alphonsina Bampire, aged 36, has a tomato, bean and sorghum business with her husband in Ngoma village, Huye district, Rwanda. They were initially provided with a food package and financial support to develop a business.
"I wanted to create a powerful exhibition that would make people stop and think. During my journey across so many of the FXB Villages," says photographer Jillian Edelstein. "I was amazed by the determination and resilience of the people I met. Their determination to work hard to bring themselves out of poverty was inspirational, as they committed to building a brighter, stronger future for themselves and their families." Framing Hope: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication will run from 14 - 31 August 2014, at Oxo Tower Wharf, London.