Empower women through vegetable garden in Mali

Malian women suffer, they suffer from the lack of support from their husbands in the management of their homes. In the villages, the woman takes care of 90% of her children (schooling, health, clothing) and she also takes care of the costs of condiments if her turn comes for the common meal of the family.

Today, they have understood that it is necessary to unite to fight this injustice, which is why, each with experience in market gardening, they want to obtain their economic independence.

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Koulikoro, Mali, Mali

Malian women suffer, they suffer from the lack of support from their husbands in the management of their homes. The Muslim religion which has allowed men to marry up to four women has become a very active phenomenon in rural areas. In the villages, the woman takes care of 90% of her children (schooling, health, clothing) and she also takes care of the costs of condiments if her turn comes for the common meal of the family.

Today, they have understood that it is necessary to unite to fight this injustice, which is why, each with experience in market gardening, they want to obtain their economic independence. The main objectives are:

– Improve the income of fifty four (54) women members of the association and the nutritional status of their children through the development of market gardening activities;

– Improve the knowledge and skills of 54 women in market gardening techniques through their management committees;

– Contribute to the creation of a cooperative for the production and sale of market garden products;

– Contribute to improving the nutritional status of the children of the members of the two women’s associations through the consumption of market gardening products.

The present project follows the many requests of women from the women’s associations in the rural commune of Sanankoroba, for the realization of one and half (1,5) hectares of market gardening in the village of Sanankoroba, and the project will consist in digging two (02 ) market garden wells, the closure of the perimeter with quality roasting against the straying of animals, the formation of various management committees on market gardening techniques, business management and life associative. The association will be supported by market gardening equipment, inputs.

To this end, the strategy of the participatory approach of the beneficiary women will be always supported by a dynamics of partnership with the communal authorities, administrative, technical services and the technical support of our organization.

This partnership will also be developed with the services of Social Action and Solidarity Economy and those of agriculture.

At the end of numerous meetings with the women beneficiaries of the project and other resource persons, the request for financing is sent to the partner who can finance the said project.

The American organization United Planet, whom we warmly thank here, was able to put us in contact with a team of agronomists who agreed to finance the deepening of the old wells in the vegetable garden so that there is no shortage of water.

This good initiative is to be welcomed and shared because if the world did as they did, the world will not experience poverty.

Description of the sector: Market gardening has become for these associations an economic passage by its profitability for women. It has become today for women a business for the survival of the family. In rural areas due to lack of income-generating activities, women (in most cases) with no vocational training, apart from agriculture, practice market gardening during lean periods and even during wintering. This activity of first food self-sufficiency is also intended for trade, thus allowing women to organize themselves and to be able to take care of the health, the education and the clothing of their children. With the profits they generate, women organize themselves to maintain their perimeters, to buy the inputs; the rest of the money saved is shared between them. Here, women themselves produce, market and process market garden produce in order to enhance their value. A ten (10) member management committee is established within each association for the board, day-to-day administration, marketing of products and distribution of profits between producers.

Given the gravity of poverty, which has become a daily experience of populations and its adverse impact on the well-being of individuals and families, women and children, in general, constitute the most vulnerable segments of the population. Based on these different realities, a national strategy to fight against poverty was developed and implemented by the Malian government, so the development of market gardening activities for the benefit of women follows special attention of the government and development partners.

In the Rural Commune of Sanankoroba, women live in extreme poverty because of the low level of household income. They are the victims of all the mismanagement of their matrimonial home: physical violence, rejection for the benefit of other women, leading households in difficulty to manage their families. They are almost the only ones to take care of the children, to pay themselves the expenses of condiment. Given this alarming situation in the village, this action will have a very considerable impact and will support the women of these two associations to solve some of their daily problems and will also be a factor of development of the village.

Highly requested by the members of these associations, they paid in each of them a hectare to serve as a plot for market gardening.

Given these problems, a program to support gender equity in the fight against poverty in order to promote good governance already exists in Mali

Very concerned about the socio-economic development of women especially in rural areas, International Solidarity for Africa claims to consider a market gardening project lasting twelve (12) months. The completion of this project will undoubtedly increase the income of women beneficiaries in the socio-economic field.

 

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In defense of the voiceless: the women and children of Mali