women were told we were coming and while we waited for latecomers they
performed solo and
choral songs and traditional
dances to the rhythm of a drum. The dancers approached the guests
hoping for a donation for their display. The money they collected was
always have my camera to record the needs of the village. We hope that
our help will improve their everyday life. This women’s group appeared
dynamic and we hope that our effort to stimulate progress will affect
the neighbouring villages as well.
first visit to this village was in January 2006. If the village could
have a storehouse to stock cereals, they would no longer have to depend
on the hazards of the climate and the merchants, and could control
their stock. The profit they made by selling surplus grain when prices
were high, could be reinvested or shared among the members of the
cereals treated for pararasites can only be consumed after a period of 6 months.
These reserves allow them to avoid famine and regulate the market.
2008 we financed a manioc mill to produce the flour called "garri". In
October 2008 they asked us for a mill to shell maize, but the community
of Péréré gave them a hand mill on temporary loan, which is better than
shelling the corn by hand!
men are responsible for maintaining the equipment. They participated in
building the storehouse and they sell their harvest to the women’s
|A rudimentary cooking hearth
|Photo with the women’s group leaders and the village men in Alafiarou