Dear Friends of the Azawak,
We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with love and gratitude. As the holiday shopping
|Ebagueye women wait to have their grain |
pounded into flour at their grain mill.
As you consider joining the movement by contributing to our work in the Azawak, I want to continue sharing all the life enhancing activities that we accomplished this past year with you.
Along with helping to supply affordable food and grow skills through vocational training, we strived to help improve the lives of the men, children and women in various other ways, as well as increase their job opportunities and revenue.
Grain Mills to Facilitate Food Preparation
|The Ebagueye miller has been trained to use the machines. |
Income is divided into three: the miller makes
a third of the profits, a third goes into maintenance,
and the rest goes to support the women's cooperative.
Couloubade Community Store
|Gotchi and Tonguindo are Couloubade's |
Boutique managers. They enjoy
earning a small income from
Similar to the community store we built in Ebagueye last year, we built Couloubade a community store. Parents are relieved to be able to purchase shoes, cloth, sugar, pasta, matches and other items nearby rather than walking over ten miles round-trip for such goods. The two women that run the boutique are excited to make $20 a month each, as they increase their economic autonomy. The boutique in Ebagueye is growing, and the boutique managers have set aside money to build an extension to provide additional goods.
The children and women of Ebagueye were excited to learn how to garden with Adam, our professional gardener from the Kijigari borehole community. They have begun growing potatoes, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, watermelon, and other seasonal vegetables. We also planted mango, papaya, and other fruit bearing trees, including a fruit called the “desert apple” in all our communities.
|Adam, the president of our Kijigari borehole Management Committee, |
teaches gardening to men, women, and children
in our other borehole communities. Here he is showing off
a "desert apple" tree that he planted a few years ago.
Warm thoughts and best wishes this holiday season!! Again, please do join us for #GivingTuesday!!