JiggenPowerUp! – WomenPowerUp!
Despite Senegal being one of Africa’s stable countries with strong economic growth in recent years, 31% of the population live in poverty. However, many women-led businesses exist at the community level, supported by community-level business consortiums (an initiative led by the government called Groupements d’intérêt économique/GIE). Village Aid will support a number of these businesses to overcome the challenges they face in scaling up their production to sustainable levels through building their capacities and providing appropriate equipment for their local contexts.
This initiative is a new project which will be supported by funds we raise through the Big Give Challenge 2020. In two villages located in Sédhiou Region and Kolda Region, we will support the members of two community-level business consortiums to scale up their green businesses producing rice and peanut products for sale, which will enable almost 200 women to improve their incomes sustainably. Following a pilot project run by United Purpose, they now require access to automatic husking machines to take their businesses to the next level. These will be provided by the project, and will run on solar power. We will also provide training, storage equipment and initial maintenance support.
The project will go live on the Big Give during 1st – 8th December 2020, when any donations matched by the public will be match funded pound for pound – please watch this space for the opportunity to support it!