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Empowerment of women in Senegal

2019.05.17 //

The Barceló Foundation financially supports a project of the NGO Acció Solidària i Logística to improve the socioeconomic situation of 91 women in the community of Medina Boudialabou, in Senegal.

In this village, belonging to the municipality of Enampore, about 800 people live and 80% of them are dedicated to the primary sector, to agriculture most of the women and men to fishing. However, the lack of rainfall means there is a high rate of malnutrition and a precarious living condition.

For this reason, the Foundation has decided to finance an empowerment project for 91 women farmers in the area. All of them are part of the so-called Women’s Promotion Groups and oversee managing the 3 orchards of the village, each of one hectare.

Thanks to the 17,000 euros contributed, 4 pools of water have been built, they have been equipped with an irrigation system to guarantee their harvests 12 months a year, new tools, seeds and fertilizers have been purchased to optimize the agricultural task. It is sought that the income generated by the surplus of their crops allow them to cover other basic needs.

In addition to enhancing local resources, and those of the beneficiary families, this action is also helping to reduce gender inequalities due to established social roles and the difficulty for women to have access to the means of production that are more respected and valued socially.