We work with two women’s groups in Senegal to empower them to start green businesses. They co-funded the installation of solar grids, oil presses and cereal mills, and are trained on how to use and maintain the machines and solar systems, management, business development and production techniques.
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These machines, this business, are so important for the wider community because so many women are involved in grain processing. So many families depend on it. But before we used to have to travel a long way away to use the manual mill in the area. It’s very hard work and it always breaks.
This business also has changed our way of thinking. It has improved the relations in the area because we had to work as a team to bring it together. We rarely used to get together. But the training has helped us realise the importance of working as a whole community team to make this business work.
In the future we want to keep promoting this business not just for us, but so that women in the area can hear about it and bring their grains and cereals and use the machines, so that they can make and sell more products too
The women’s groups have acquired the machines, equipment and skills needed to run a successful green enterprise; but they are stuck in a cycle of low production and low income as they cannot manually husk cereals and grains in large enough quantities to maximise the production potential that the machines provide, or meet local demand for their products.
By installing automatic husking machines in each site, powered by the solar grid, the women will be able to husk the cereals and grains in much larger quantities and therefore process more cereal products, meet local demand, and increase their income.
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