8 Foods to Try This Thanksgiving
1. Piri Piri Chicken
A turkey is a great traditional centerpiece for your holiday meal, but this Piri Piri chicken is a rustic South African dish that will add some spice. More than half of Mozambicans live on less than $1 per day, and Opportunity is focusing on rural expansion, agricultural finance and training programs to improve farm productivity and the quality of crops.
2. "Eto" Mashed Plantains
Mashed potatoes are a staple of any Thanksgiving meal, just as mashed plantains are a key part of peoples' diets in Ghana. Many Ghanians struggle with hunger, and with an average income of $2 per day, farmers are often unable to pay expenses during the growing season. Opportunity provides loans and banking so that farmers can pay their expenses and improve their crops of cocoa, chili, plantains, citrus and onions.
3. Sweet Potato Curry
Yams are often used in sticky, sweet Thanksgiving dishes, but this Indian sweet potato curry packs a little punch. With more than 1.2 billion people living in India, large crops of yams and sweet potatos are used in many traditional dishes, but hunger remains a struggle for millions. We provide loans to 1.4 million clients throughout India who are working to feed their families, improve their businesses and build better futures for their children.
4. "Isombe" Vegetarian Stew
Green bean casserole is a rich Thanksgiving dish, and this "Isombe" vegetarian stew native to Rwanda is just as hearty. Rwanda has struggled with poverty, extreme violence and genocide in recent decades, but Opportunity is working to improve the plight of the 45% of Rwandans living in poverty through transformational training. These services teach Rwandans how to manage their personal and business finances to better provide for their families.
5. Papas Rellenas
Stuffing is a hearty Thanksgiving dish that comes in many forms, similar to these stuffed Papas Rellenas from Colombia. Since Opportunity provided its very first loan in Colombia in the 1970s, we've been committed to providing financial services and training that will empower farmers and entrepreneurs to escape unemployment, rise above unrest and improve their lives.
6. Mielie Pap
Corn may be a unique vegetable to serve at your Thanksgiving meal, but Mielie Pap, or maize meal, is a staple of South Africans' diets. South Africa is one of the world's largest producers of maize, but more than 31% of the population lives below the poverty line. We're working to expand our bank branches and rural production in South Africa even further to help eliminate poverty, and to provide financial services to peopel in the most remote areas.
7. Buko Pie
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without sweet, sweet pie, like this coconut buko pie native to the Philippines. The Philippines are home to more than 105 million people, a quarter of whom live in poverty. Opportunity's rural expansion programs seek to provide new technologies and training to farmers to improve their productivity and grow more crops like rice, coconuts, sugarcane and bananas.
8. Chai Tea
Nothing brings your filling Thanksgiving meal to a close better than a nice, warm cup of coffee or tea, like this Kenyan chai. Tea is one of Kenya's primary exports, and although there is a signficant agricultural market focused around the crop, 50% of Kenyans live below the poverty line, and many live in urban slums. Our loan products and mobile banking provide impoverished people with convenient, flexible and secure financial services which improve their businesses and farms and empower their families and communities.