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.”