US Embassy in Mali
No: 03- FR Bamako, Mali, March 24, 2022
Representatives of community associations from five regions of Mali joined US Ambassador Dennis B. Hankins for a ceremony marking the mid-term review of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grants (SSH) for 2021-22. The ceremony, which brought together the six awardees, served as a celebration of progress.
This year, six projects were selected for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH), with a total cost of US$60,000. The projects cover various sectors – gardening, business training, small-scale construction of a health centre. The US government and its partners are working from the far west to the far east of Mali. This year’s SSH projects affect five regions, with projects in Kayes, Timbuktu, Koulikoro, Mopti, and Gao.
The six SSH grants support local community projects that are viable, sustainable and improve the economic development and social conditions of the community. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program helps achieve this vision by funding projects that aim to improve the lives of people in their own communities. While these projects are small in scale, they make a real difference in people’s lives.
Ambassador Hankins, in his speech, outlined the overall goals of the program and past successes attributed to the program. He also presented each of the six beneficiary representatives with a symbolic check from the American people to the benefit of six Malian communities ready to take the necessary leadership for a prosperous and secure Mali. Hankins commended the recipients for their leadership, courage, and willingness to work on the SSH program and set an example for their fellow citizens.
LIST OF FINANCED PROJECTS
1. Project “Reform of the Battal Health Unit” by the Association of Battal Nationals and Supporters (ARBS). The project is based in the Gao region and aims to rehabilitate the Battal health facility damaged by heavy rains and winds.
2. Project “Socio-professional reintegration of young nomadic artisans in Timbuktu” of the Nomade Agna Association. This project is in Timbuktu. It aims to train young unemployed and underemployed artisans from Timbuktu municipality in entrepreneurship and marketing.
3. “Sewing project for women and girls” led by Jeka Baara and located in the Kayes region. It aims to train 100 women and girls in sewing, embroidery and knitting to create income-generating activities.
4. The “Projet Femmes Maraîchères” led by Sourgou Farou is located in Diré in Timbuktu. The aim of the project is to allow the women’s organization Diré to grow fruits and vegetables on a two-hectare farm to generate income and support themselves.
5. Cooperativa Danaya’s “Maraicher de Chola” project is located in the Koulikoro region. It is intended to grow vegetables on a plot of one hectare in the village of Chola.
6. “Dassi Cotton Project”. This project is managed by the Tandana Foundation in the Mopti region. The project aims to create a revolving fund, a trained steering committee and a storage and meeting building for the women of Dassi.
The call for projects for the 2022-2023 fiscal year will be released next June.
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