The first mangos have arrived on the market. Normally before this happens, some rains are coming called “mangos’ rains”. No rains this year. Is this a sign of climate changes? Those rains clean the dust off the trees and especially on the mangos. Children pick up the fruit with the dust on it and bite it without cleaning it. Meningitis is often transmitted this way. Let’s hope for the mango rain.

Women incomes in the villages

Women need to generate income for their families. Men give the corn for the food, but all other ingredients such as seasoning are produced and/or bought by the women. They also often participate in the cost for schooling and health care.

blog 2015-02-22 1Extraction of the oil from the nuts of shea (karité) trees had become a very important activity for the women of the villages. Since 6 years we had help them to get organized and average income of a woman have gone for this activity from € 15 to € 60.

In 2014, the trees produced very little nuts. In 2015, the trees are in blossom and it looks like a very good year in term of volume of nuts.

Since 2002 we are also giving microcredits to the women associations of the villages.

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Women use this cash for income generating activities. We have 100% reimbursement since 2002. The credits are for one year and with a 7% interest rate.

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blog 2015-02-22 4The women of the village of Kofila came to reimburse their loans while we were visiting the LAP. They paid back close to € 8.000.

In 2014, we set up 120 gardens for women. We provide them with papaya trees, moringa trees and pepper plants.

 

 

 

The main problem is the control of the animals (donkey, cows, sheep, and goats). The woman below managed to get back her investment (€ 15) in the first year via the sale of a part of the papayas. The rest was eaten by the family. She is also producing plants used for her cooking.

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The LAP

Part of the payment of parents for the school fees is in corn. We do not have yet a storage place for this corn and we are using the girls’ refectory.

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We have to check both the quality and the volume delivered. Some parents are sending bags with good corn on the top and bad one at the bottom. Some send last year corn which is full of insects. We are using 4 of the bags per week as part of the food for the 214 students.

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Garden of the third year

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Garden of the second year

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Garden of the first year

Red sorghum ambiguity

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In our area the red sorghum is mainly used to make a local beer “dolo”.

Men sell their sorghum to the women who make the dolo. The men then spend a large part of this income to drink the dolo. It is good for the women. However, very often the men find the dolo too “light” and they add up some very bad alcohol. This is bad for the men and the women. Men can be very violent under the influence and the men’s (also mental) health deteriorates.

Bird of the week

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Calao

Saying of the week

If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent the night with a mosquito!
Si vous pensez que vous êtes trop petit pour faire une différence, vous n’avez pas passé la nuit avec un moustique!

Have a good week.

Hervé