CARE Niger was established in 1974 in response to famine and has worked on several food security projects since then. The program currently focuses on health and nutrition, natural resources management, education, local governance, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, microfinance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness and response.

Niger is the birthplace of our successful and often-replicated Village Savings and Loan Associations program, which economically empowers women and raises their social and political status. The project is known as Mata Masu Dubara (MMD), or “ingenious women” or “women on the move.”

Since 1974, CARE has touched the lives of more than 4 million people through our work empowering women and youth, managing natural resources, promoting food security and nutrition, economic opportunities for youth and interfaith dialogue, adaptation to climate change and responding to emergencies. In the last decade in particular, CARE Niger has been focusing on creating partnerships with civil society to encourage more sustainable development. CARE Niger intends to reach more than 4 million people by 2020 focusing on women, girls, youth and people receiving humanitarian assistance in 110,000 households of Diffa, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Tillabéry, Zinder, Dosso and Agadez regions. 


PBS News Hour: These 10 humanitarian crises got the least attention last year

CARE’s Suffering in Silence report highlighting the 10 most underreported humanitarian crises of 2017 was featured in a story by PBS NewsHour.


PBS: These 10 humanitarian crises got the least attention last year

PBS published an extensive story on CARE’s “Suffering in Silence” report highlighting the 10 most underreported humanitarian crises of 2017.


PBS NewsHour: In Niger, women pool money to build business

PBS NewsHour featured CARE in a story that highlights the success of Aichatou Bako, a CARE VSLA (Village Savings & Loan Programmes in Africa) participant who after contributing the equivalent of 8 cents to her local savings group, used a loan to fund a thriving livestock business.


No mother should see her child starving

Lami Mahamadou is a 35-year-old mother of six. She had everything in life. Her husband, Issa Adamu, was a fisherman who made sure she never missed anything. She was living life to the fullest.


Overcoming fear: A mother finds peace in reuniting with family

Ibtisam Shahid*, 35, is a mother of seven who lived in Nigeria, in a town not far from the border with Niger. She used to be a businesswoman, selling water, food, and small products. She had a few employees who helped her sell her items in the street.


A child is not a spouse

On a hot and sunny day 15 years ago, Baraka Ali and her daughter Ramatou had a conversation under the century-old Baobab tree in their yard in Tchadoua, a village in southeastern Niger. Ramatou had just been told to drop out of school and get married after she passed her primary school exam.


Lantana Abdou: A Woman on the Move

“Thanks to CARE I have become a mirror for the women of my community.”


Displacement, Dislocation and Disintegration

Voices from the Lake Chad Basin