Organiser: Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation

Collaborating organisations: Ramon Molinas Foundation and the Jamooral Women’s Association.

Dates of implementation: 01/10/2018 – 31/03/2019.

 

The community allotment, a women’s empowerment initiative launched by the Jamooral Women’s Association

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation with the objective of preparing the community allotment in Kabar and empowering women through agriculture. The initiative will provide technical knowledge and the tools necessary to the 120 women that make up the Jamooral Women’s Association, so they are able to cultivate the community allotment. The women and their families will be able to keep the produce they cultivate, become more self-sufficient and earn a regular and sustainable income through the selling of surplice produce, allowing them to achieve a certain level of economic independence.

The community allotment for women in Kabar, before work started.

The first phase of the project will centre around improving the available land. The land to be cultivated will be cleared and the perimeter of the allotment will be set out with fences. The existing well will then be completed, and eight ponds will be repaired and constructed and a pumping and channelling system that uses solar power will be installed. After the land has been prepared, the project will provide tools to cultivate the land, build a warehouse to safely store the tools, and provide the seeds and fruit trees to be planted.

The majority of the women in the Jamooral Women’s Association have not had access to basic education and do not have any technical knowledge related to agriculture. For this reason, in parallel to the preparation of the land, workshops have been programmed to instruct the women in sustainable agriculture. The collaboration between the Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation and the Ramon Molinas Foundation will make it possible to adapt half a hectare to cultivation and aims to establish an action model that can be replicated in other areas of Kafountine and in nearly municipalities.

 

 The initiative helps women to become the protagonists from a personal, community and gender perspective

Senegalese women are economically dependent on men. With limited access to education, responsibilities in the nuclear family from very early on and with an insufficient and poorly paid labour market, women from this African country combine domestic tasks with informal economy activities to make a living. In parallel, migration from Senegal to other countries has meant that many women have become heads of families, forcing them to take the reins when it comes to providing for their families.

The Community allotment for women in Kabar aims to empower women from the Jamooral Women’s Association, helping them to become the protagonists from a personal, community and gender perspective, and encouraging them to effectively participate in the project by involving them in all the decision making. The Kafountine organisation has helped to build community allotments since 2002 thanks to a rural community improvement programme launched by the Senegalese government. However, the government initiative, which was to finance the construction and transfer of the allotment plot, disappeared and the agricultural land remained practically empty from then onwards.

Lastly, the initiative contributes to the rural development, as agriculture is a key factor in the growth of communities, providing food security and improving nutrition.

 

Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation, an organisation that promotes responsible cooperation

In Diola, the main language of Kafountine, ‘kakolum’ is the word for ‘footprint’. Intending to leave their mark, the organisation was established in 2017 as a result of the link between its creators and the communities in the Casamance region. The organisation promotes responsible cooperation in which the project beneficiaries have a principal role in the significance and execution of the project. The main aim of the association is help improve the quality of life of the population of the Senegalese region of Casamance. The Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation focuses its attention on women and promotes labour market integration, sustainable agriculture and food security.

The Jamooral Women’s Association was established in Kafountine as the Groupement d’Interet Economique (Economic Interests Group) in the year 2001. Kafountine is a town of 25,000 people located in the Casamance region. Located in the south of Senegal, the community is made up of an amalgamation of culture, ethnicities and nationalities. The fishing industry and close proximity to Gambia and Guinea Bissau has made it a popular area for migrants.

 

Links of interest:

Kakolum Association for Development Cooperation website.