Who: Ong CPS
Thirty women cook, welcome, make art crafts with tourists
To know more, this is the complete Report about the Project. Areas of intervention: The EIG performs the following activities: - Sessions of batik dyeing and catering during trips of responsible tourism; - Cereals processing; - Local fruit processing into syrups and jams; - Vocational training courses in sewing, embroidery and hairdressing; - Management of the multipurpose center "Stefano della Valle" which houses all the Various income-generating activities of the GIE. The gain received with the processing of cereals, production of syrups and jams and dyeing batik, minus expenses, is shared as follows: 45% is intended as compensation to women who work and the remainder goes to the cashier of EIG. For the activities of responsible tourism, each tourist pays a share of 6000 FCFA, of which 1000 are divided between the working women as compensation and the remaining 5000 are in cashier. Structure and function of the EIG The EIG Boolo Suqali assembles members of the district of Médine Liberté, expanding district of the city of Mbour. The EIG is organized into four commissions by area of intervention: - Catering Commission - Batik dyeing Commission - Cereals processing Commission - Fruits processing Commission Genesis
The EIG was created in 2001 with the aim fo join forces to contribute to the economic and social development of the district of Médine Liberté (located approximately 2 km from the center of the city of Mbour) and improve the living conditions of the population through the promotion of income-generating activities. The EIG was officially founded in 2001 but even before there was such an attempt, by a group of 10-15 women who met every Thursday practicing the so-called "tontine" for the purchase of food and hygiene products , with the intent to support each other with small loans. The products were sold to women in the group through the form of microcredit, which would be returned the following week at a subsidized interest rate. With the "Development Fund 2011" (derived from the payment of a fee of EUR 70 for each tourist who participates in the activities of responsible tourism), a training of six (6) women in the GIE in the transformation of local fruit was financed for the production of juices and jams, plus working at the resort "Baia del Silenzio" and training in tailoring and hairdressing are carried on. The aim of these activities is to provide the women involved some economic autonomy, which would enable them to participate in the household expenses and the payment of any school fees of their children. As noted in this regard that families cannot always allow their children to attend school, due to the fact that very often only the head of the family works; in some cases even the father hasn’t a stable and lasting job, reason why children are destined to work activities while at school age. Then point to the economic value added by the mother, allows the family a major, albeit minimal, well-being that can prevent the children of working and allows them to going to school. Central is the EIG Boolo Suqali, the active and determining figure of the Director of the multipurpose center, Mrs Khoudja Fall, also treasurer of the EIG. Thanks to her, in fact, the center's activities are carried out with regular dedication and efficiency. She’s a central and highly motivating figure for all the women involved, as well as contact person for the CPS and the same EIG. She is strong, determined, although she received little formal education, but made by the all-day-life-school and involved in social life at 360 °. In addition to the EIG, in fact, Khoudja Fall is voluntary in many other projects in the neighborhood: from awareness to prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, monitoring the weight of the children to avoid malnutrition.