Helping women farmers in Mali
The Joliba Trust supports grassroots development work with farming and cattle-raising communities in central Mali. Our focus is on projects to help women, and environmental work to sustain rural livelihoods.
Joliba funds self-help development work in over 200 villages. This includes training in maternal health, nutrition and midwifery, literacy training, land and natural resource management to sustain livelihoods and improve food security in a changing climate, tree planting, pasture regeneration, dune stabilisation, and provision of wells and water.
A large part of Joliba’s activity is involved with income generation and helping women to start small enterprises, such as planting new and more varied crops, raising livestock or starting market activities.
Building ponds to store water for irrigation allows farmers to grow more crops, maximising yields from precious seeds. Gifts of specialist training can enable women to start small business enterprises such as tree nurseries. Planting trees provides shelter for crops and animals.
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