Sowing the seeds of dignity this spring

After a long winter, Canadians look forward to growth and renewal. For many, gardening has not only been a source of food but of hope too. Tostan has invited women in the region of Thies, Senegal to learn the ins and outs of organic farming to sustain their communities in more than one way.

farm1Working with Taaru Askan Farm and Seed Programs International on a joint initiative that provides women access to skills training, quality seed, and economic opportunities, Tostan is investing in the powerful potential of local leadership for community-led well-being.

“It is so hard to find people willing to openly share their knowledge, here they share it not only through their words but with their hearts as well. We really appreciate what they offer us.” Bacaye Kounta, training participant

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By training groups of 12 women from three different villages, who then go on to train a total of 120 people from their communities, improved nutrition and vital sustainable farming practices spreads to surrounding areas, resulting in improved well-being for all.

Villages participating in the program grow their own organic vegetables, some of which will be used to feed the community, and some will be sold to generate income.

Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP) provides people with the skills to develop new revenue generating opportunities that lead to improved well-being for communities.

Above: Tostan teams visited the villages of Soudiane, Sorobougou, and Samba Diallo to discuss and exchange with community members on where the organic gardening project will be implanted in their communities

Above: Tostan teams visited the villages of Soudiane, Sorobougou, and Samba Diallo to discuss and exchange with community members on where the organic gardening project will be implanted in their communities

Using acquired skills for positive community outcomes continues long after Tostan’s CEP is complete. This is part of Tostan’s powerful potential!

Learn more about how Tostan is sowing the seeds of dignity!