In addition to volunteering at the community health post and preparing lunch at the village school, Kiné Diop, 47, is also the president of the CREATE! agricultural cooperative in Darou Diadji. Kiné, who lives with her large extended family, will use her new skills in sustainable agriculture to grow and sell vegetables that will supplement her household’s income.
As she watered vegetables in the community garden site, Kiné told CREATE! field technicians that she also appreciates the training she received in improved cookstove construction. “The improved cookstoves work – in rain or shine,” she said. “Improved cookstoves reduce expenses and gathering wood is no longer such a heavy burden,” Kiné added. “I am very proud to know how to build my own improved cookstove.”
There are few economic opportunities in Darou Diadji. Many young people have left the village to find work in urban areas. Because CREATE! field technicians are now leading training sessions in her community, Kiné is optimistic about future job prospects for Darou Diadji residents. “We are very excited about the long-term benefits of sustainable development,” she said. Kiné believes that CREATE! training programs offer opportunity for everyone in Darou Diadji. “Together,” she adds, “we can build businesses, create jobs, and ensure economic independence for all.”