Strength. Determination. Empowerment.

This is what Australian photographer Lani Holmberg, 29, saw when she travelled to Africa and captured the women farmers of Kenya and Zimbabwe in these stunning photographs.

The socially-minded Holmberg won the Exposing Hunger: Capturing Solutions photography competition which took her to explore the poverty projects of those countries. There she met women farmers determined to overcome hunger and poverty in a tough environment.

“I hope the images surprise the Australians who see them,” said Holmberg (pictured right).

“I hope they challenge the stereotype of what it means to be hungry or experience extreme poverty because meeting these women has done exactly that for me.

“I’m beginning to understand that poverty is often beyond the control of those who experience it.

“The projects I saw in Africa hand the power back to women by provision of knowledge and skills while enabling the strength and determination it requires to overcome hunger and poverty, even in extreme conditions.

“Poverty and disadvantage is certainly part of the journey these women are on. But through involvement in Farmer Field Schools their story has a new chapter of strength, determination, empowerment and achievement, as well as hope for an independent and food secure future. There are solutions to hunger, and they are being implemented by strong and persistent women. Poverty can be overcome.

“This is the story I wanted to tell.”




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  • Reply October 18, 2012

    Gabbie Smith

    What a great perspective on a sadly, familiar subject.

    Lani is now one of my favourite Australian photographers.



  • Reply October 18, 2012


    Lani, you are inspiring and fabulous. x

  • Reply October 18, 2012


    Hi there, how do I nominate someone for Woman of the Week? Cheers, Janie

    • Reply October 18, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Hi Janie! We have a contact at the bottom of the page as you can see, all suggestions gratefully received.

  • Reply October 18, 2012


    Brilliant, and good on ActionAid and AFAP Action on Poverty for organising the photo competition and giving Lani this great chance!

  • Reply October 18, 2012


    Hi Lani,
    I was at the Gallery on tuesday night and the photos absolutely blew me away! I did not get a chance to speak with you and ask whether you would be selling any prints?

    • Reply October 22, 2012


      Hi Anna, thanks for coming last week and so humbled you loved the images. Please email me re: sale of prints > and we can discuss further. Lani

  • Reply October 18, 2012


    I too had the privilege of seeing the exhibition. I wrote about it here

    I am thrilled my favourite three photos are the last three above – meet Veronica and Edith! I would also love to buy some of the prints. Loved it!

  • Reply October 23, 2012


    Thanks Wendy for the reply, and Lani- your pictures are so striking – they exhude such spirit. Look forward to seeing more!

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Jade Wisely

    Lani, you are living the dream and your work is awesome!

  • Reply November 18, 2012


    Hi Lani, Am so happy of your work, it captures the reality of our Kenyan/african women. We liked you and Come again to Kenya.


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