Senegal | April 2023 | Ingeborg Pint
Exactly ten years ago, after a series of impressive trips to Senegal that I had the pleasure of accompanying, I portrayed four women who, to me, were exemplary in different areas of Senegalese women’s empowerment and commitment to independence. On a recent trip, I was able to visit two of these strong women again with the group I accompanied and see how they have progressed over the past ten years.
I love the trees because they play a vital role for us. The fruit trees not only provide food for us, they are also a natural pharmacy. I water my plants day and night, and fertilise them regularly so that they grow.
Faty Hamadi Sall aus Loboudou, Senegal
During our trip, we also visited villages in northern Senegal where the NFI Climate Fund supported the planting of fruit trees in the family homesteads. Here, too, the women play an important role: they are the ones who take care of the trees, sell the harvested fruit or use it themselves (directly from the tree or processed).
In this way, they contribute to the family income on the one hand, and on the other hand the fruit also provides healthy food – and the trees give shade and thus also improve the climate in the villages.
We were able to meet many of these women in the villages of Lobodou, Doué and Dimatt and also ask some of them what significance the fruit trees have for them.