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  • Dar Salam

    The village of Dar Salam is a Mandinka community with a population of over 3,000 people. Located between Kolda and Sedhiou near the Casamance River, the community has a diverse economy of agriculture, hunting, and the production of artisanal crafts. Fruit farming is a very important part of life in Dar Salam. In fact, the community chose to hol [...]

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  • Thiaraguene Cognadji

    About 25 people call the small village of Thiaraguene Cognadji home. The village maintains a community garden and has a steady source of water. Short-term development projects include: * Machines for processing grain * The expansion of a women’s garden * The investment in tools to expand the women’s and community gardens [...]

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  • Thiaraguene Wolof

    The village of Thiaraguene Wolof is home to about 125 people. They have a few small boutiques selling cooking oils and other staples. The short-term development goals of the village include: * Organizing the local women’s group to support microenterprise * Developing low-cost, high-value products to sell at the local weekly market * Expa [...]

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  • Keur Bakary

    Keur Bakary is a Wolof community of approximately 2,000 people located south of Kaolack, near the border with The Gambia. Peanuts are the main crop grown by the village and also comprise the largest part of the local economy. The day before the community's performance there was a death in the village, and Community Voice International offered t [...]

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  • Yelingara

    Yelingara is a predominately Soninke village in eastern Senegal, near the Senegal River and the border with Mauritania. About 7,000 people live in the community and given its size, it supports several small shops as well as workshops for metal smiths and woodworkers. Recent discussions in the community have revealed that gender-based violence i [...]

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  • Thielao

    Thielao is a community of over 3,000 Pulaar people in northern Senegal, near the Mauritanian border. Located on the Douè River, Thielao farmers grow rice during the dry season using irrigation channels from the river. The river is also a valuable source of fish for the community. During the rainy season, farmers grow millet, cowpeas, vegetable [...]

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  • Soudiane

    Soudiane is a Bambara village of 350 people located near the Atlantic coast, just inland from the town of Joal. Members of the community have been working hard toward their development goals for many years and notably have installed hundreds of solar panels throughout the village. One woman from Soudiane traveled to India to learn about sustain [...]

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  • Santankoye

    Santankoye is home to about 1,200 people who farm peanuts, millet, and corn. Historically the Pulaar people who comprise the majority of residents in this village have been herders. Like their ancestors, the residents of Santankoye herd cows to sell milk in the nearby city of Kolda and make kossam (cultured milk) for their own consumption. The [...]

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  • Sare Bidji

    The community of Sare Bidji is defined by its surroundings: several villages established on the fertile flood valley of a river, dependent upon the richness of the ground to grow the rice that is the basis of their economy. Approximately 8,000 Pulaar people live in these villages, sharing a common history and culture. The musicians from six vil [...]

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  • Keur Daouda Cisse

    Keur Daouda Cisse is a community of 325 people located just east of Thiès in central Senegal. The members of this Wolof community are devout members of the Mouride Islamic Brotherhood, and the men and boys of the community often pass the time performing ritual chants in Arabic. The farmers of the village cultivate mangoes, cashews, papaya, and [...]

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