Women’s empowerment in The Gambia

Women’s empowerment in The Gambia

I spent a couple of weeks with Fatou and the No Woman Left Behind team in March

Fatou and the team are steadily building their business – they have enough income to pay for a full time cook in the kitchen – a cleaner and a shop assistant – 3 incomes for NWLB members! They are also paying for all their utilities!

The kitchen is smart, clean and professional and complies with local health and safety regulations

Cook Rose working in the kitchen

They are selling breakfasts and lunches and working with a local school to provide snacks and breakfast. Fatou is working hard to build the business through event catering. She has built a great network of women mentors and business women’s organisations.

It was so good to catch up with Yuma – who is a tireless and inspirational mentor – she is so generous in sharing with her business and life skills .

Yuma, Sallie and Fatou

My priority job was to work with NWLB and ITTOG to develop a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The objective of the centre, where NWLB is based, is to support and mentor such organisations to help them become independent and financially sustainable. My task was to work with both the centre and NWLB to develop a model MOU that can be used with organisations that the centre will support in the future.

But there was time for a little RnR.

Lisong ( founder of Marys Little Lambs Model School) hosted a special evening – longtime and tireless volunteer Joanne and her team, Fatou and myself – Adama and Tejan – project leaders for the incubation centre and ITTOG were all invited to share fab food and lots of laughs.

No Woman Left Behind would welcome volunteers who can help them with – budgeting, menu planning, financial management, marketing, self development and team building.

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