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Self Sufficiency for Village Women
Thieneba, Senegal

CREATE! programs in Thieneba, Senegal are thriving thanks to funding from Dining For Women. Our work in this community addresses some of the most urgent needs of women and girls by reducing the amount of time and effort required to collect water and firewood. Our programs also provide women with opportunities to generate income for their families and build their capacity for leadership within the community.

With access to clean and abundant water, the community’s 2,500 square meter vegetable garden continues to flourish. Since August, cooperative members have grown tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, African eggplant, okra, cucumbers, carrots, watermelons, onion, and lettuce.

Women in Thieneba now regularly use improved cookstoves that they build for their households, resulting in a reduction in demand for firewood from local trees.

During the autumn rainy season, Thieneba cooperative members planted 45 tree seedlings in the garden site and throughout the community, in addition to distributing 115 tree seedlings to community residents. These trees, including acacia, papaya, mango, neem, and cashew, will shade the garden and the village and provide additional sources of food, income, and firewood in the future.

Since July 2014, Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLA) in Thieneba have been meeting weekly. Association members save small amounts of money each week and then make loans to each other to cover business, personal, and household costs.

In January 2015, Thieneba cooperative members worked with CREATE! field technicians to construct a poultry shed in the cooperative garden site. With knowledge and support from CREATE!, cooperative members will be able to produce and sell chickens to improve their diet and make a profit.

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