Location in Mali
- 6,400 people from 32 villages, half of them women, benefitted from a rotating fund for income-generating activities (market gardens and small businesses), and for sustainable agricultural development and raising animals.
- We witnessed an improvement in the quality of the shea butter and derivatives, as well as in market access for producers, thanks for support to the Regroupement des femmes Yiriwasso du Mali. This cooperative is positioned as a major player in promoting, processing and marketing shea butter and derivatives.
- Varied initiatives were begun, and organizations of women farmers in Mali saw improvements in their conditions for marketing, negotiation and transactions.
Actions in the Field
Local development and strengthening organizations
In Mali, SUCO works primarily on strengthening community capacities by implementing development actions that have been determined collectively and democratically by the local population. The objective is to take into consideration the interests and needs of different members of the community: women, youth and men.
SUCO started its work in Mali in 1967, by both supporting the educational system and helping the government to give impetus to the cooperative movement. Later, the organization invested gradually in one-off projects. In 1984, at the height of the terrible decade of drought in Mali, SUCO was called on by 16 villages that wanted food aid. Once the famine decreased, SUCO worked with these communities until 1998 and assisted with multiple projects to improve their living conditions. Thanks to these varied experiences, SUCO developed in Mali an original approach to support for local development that emphasizes strengthening communities’ own power to act.
In 2010, SUCO continued to develop and maintain alliances with local associations and institutions in the field of local development. With its partners, SUCO coached the people in 65 villages in establishing or strengthening 35 Village Development Associations (VDA). SUCO supported these villages in managing microcredit funds for agricultural projects.
In March 2012, a coup d’état in Mali forced SUCO to evacuate its volunteers from the country and temporarily slow down its activities. Since then, it has maintained a minimal presence in Bamako to keep in contact with partners and develop programming mainly based on SUCO’s agroecological approach.