Grant 1: Association Baoulé
Affoue Kouadio, leader of Association Baoulé, our first grant recipient, with motorcycle purchased with grant money.
Recipient community: Association Baoulé
Village: Klofoinssou, Côte d'Ivoire
Number of association members: 33 (all women)
Description: The women applied for funds to buy a motorcycle to transport their crops to sell at the market, and to have a well dug for irrigation of their crops. Their village is situated 11 km's away from the nearest market, and before the application was approved, the women had to sell their crops on the roadside by the village. They used surface water for irrigation, which is less reliable and may run out in the dry season, and it can be contaminated by bacteria, increasing the risk of disease transmission.
Amount applied for: 400,000 CFA (~$700)
Amount disbursed: 400,000 CFA (~$700)
Date of transfer: September 14, 2018
Progress: Motorcycle purchased and in use. Well restored and in use. (Updated June 14, 2019).
Outcomes: Weekly income of association increased from approx. 5,000 CFA (~$10) to approx. 50,000 CFA (~$100) due to the motorbike. The well has enabled production during the whole year, increasing crop yield and in turn earning potential further. The area was hit by a major drought in May 2019, where the well was crucial in helping the community carry through to the rainy season.(Updated June 14, 2019).
A thank you from the association.
Women from the association working in the field.
Affoue Kouadio selling crops produced by the women's association at the local market in Bouaké.
The women used part of the grant to have the village well restored.