70-year old Hawa suffered from years of discrimination caused by the stigma surrounding leprosy. But now, she has received not just medical treatment, but counselling and vocational training too. Her life has been transformed.
She has grown in confidence and now runs a successful business outside her home in Niger, selling fruits, herbs and spice mixes. There was a time when she had to beg for her next meal but now, life is very different. “I can hardly believe I am earning a living and can feed and clothe myself," she told us.