Mrs. Bassine Kane has seven children and is the Chair of the Ndiollofen Village Women’s Organization in The Hunger Project’s (THP’s) Sam Contor Epicenter in Senegal.
Mrs. Kane became a leader in the community through her participation in the bio sorrel (organic hibiscus) pilot project undertaken in partnership with THP, and she mobilized the 90 women who belong to her organization to plant two hectares of bio sorrel.
Her sense of organization, her leadership and the results achieved in her bio sorrel farm helped to influence the local authorities’ to award land to other village women’s organizations who are growing bio sorrel, thereby increasing women’s access to fertile land.
The organization run by Mrs. Kane has been working on developing income-generating activities for many years in the fields of agriculture, cattle breeding and peanut oil processing. Moreover, the income generated from these activities allowed her organization to invest nearly CFA 500,000 (over US$1,000) at the end of the year in collective equipment (chairs, tarpaulin, kitchen utensils and other small materials) to help make household chores easier and contribute to the organization’s social events (naming ceremonies, weddings, etc.).
In order to build the capacity of the women in her organization, Mrs. Kane leans on a female THP animator in the village, who holds Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops and literacy sessions for the women.
Thirteen of the women in the organization are already functionally literate. In partnership with THP, Bassine Kane facilitated the opening of a literacy classroom intended for 30 other women. This will help improve the organization’s income-generating activities and the women’s management skills.
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April 21, 2010