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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, vegetables, and hibiscus. The community also raises cows, goats, and horses. Hoddu player Dema Dia from Thielao performed on the communities’ recordings. He had recently returned from a tour of the United States and has previously performed with Baaba Maal from nearby Podor and other renowned Senegalese musicians. The community is interested in micro-credit and income-generating projects. The money generated from the sale of their music will be used to implement these projects, including granting a micro-loan to repair broken tractors and investing in livestock to generate income.