Location: Faraba, Kolda, Senegal
Community Description: Meet Mamadou Barry, Abou and Jacob.
Mamadou Barry has a huge passion for Senegal and particularly Kolda. His interests include: farming beans, and rice, in addition to setting up community/youth programs to prevent the dreaded “brain drain.”Mamadou is a sort of jack-of-all-trades. He started a kindergarten, a theater troop, a farm for youth, and a cowpea buying and selling business, all of which have been successful. He is ambitious, kind and we are lucky to be working with him.
Abou is Barry’s right-hand-man you rarely see one without the other. Abou is tall, loves to read and write, and is more technical than social. The two couldn’t be more opposite, but they balance each other fully. Abou is designing and building his own house, has been a sheep herder, owned a mango orchard and is one of the best tinkerers in Senegal.
Jacob is an Agricultural Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Kolda, Senegal. He lives in Medina Abdoul, a rural village 40km outside the regoinal capital where he organizes initiatives to promote food security and sustainable agriculture techniques. He graduated from the University of California at Davis where he studied World Trade and Development in Developing Countries. He’s entrepreneurial minded and likes to break a sweat playing in the dirt. One day he hopes to start a venture capital firm focused on developing markets.
Project Description: These are the main folks that make up Agribusiness. Agribusiness has been working with women’s groups providing them technical support in growing cowpeas and this year they are expanding their business to include Moringa powder and oil production. Installing two pumps in their 4 hectare space will help them water over 750 trees this year with plans of over a million in the coming year.
Project Impact: The members of Agribusiness along with the women’s groups they support will benefit economically, in addition to the general region which will benefit through greater access to Moringa Powder and oil.
Comments: Moringa Powder is made by drying and then pounding leaves. The powder is an incredibly healthy supplement that can be added to almost every meal just as one would add pepper. It prevents malnutrition and even tastes good.
Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Marcie Todd, Jacob Rice, Gregg Mathews and Mary Martin-Mabry
Dollar Amount of Project: $100.00
Donations Collected to Date: $100.00 Fully Funded!