Livelihood is deteriorating in Mali, particularly in the central and northern regions of the country where the population is under pressure. Indeed, 47.2% of the Malian population now lives below the poverty line with less than $ 2 a day. In particular, northern Mali continues to face a multidimensional and complex crisis since 2012, with a worrying situation for its populations.
ACTED is implementing long term projects to revitalize the economic activity of northern Mali through vocational training.
Fadimata, 30 years old, married and mother of a 5-year-old boy, is one of 32 young people selected in 2015 to attend training courses for master craftsmen in the Menaka circle as part of ACTED’s social cohesion project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Thus she was able to follow a training in sewing three months from 1st June to 31th August 2015.
I left school when I was in the ninth grade and devoted myself to cooking for individuals to support my family. Today, through professional training in sewing funded by ACTED, I earn my living, manage my business, and make my family live.
A total of 32 young people completed the training and received installation kits worth 75 000 FCFA to enable them to enter the labor market professionally.
In 2016, ACTED continues its work in social cohesion and livelihood strengthening with support from the SDC. After ACTED’s follow-up with young people who received vocational training in 2015, Fadimata is selected for capacity building in a specialized center in the city of Gao for three months from November 2016 to January 2017 along with five other young people beneficiaries.
During their stay in Gao, young people receive subsistence and transport costs during the period covered by the training. At the end of the training, each one receives a certificate and a set of equipment valued at 250,000 FCFA to allow young people to set up their own business.
Today, thanks to ACTED I will be able to rebuild my life. I am very happy with my new job, I will be able to take care of myself and my child. I thank ACTED for allowing me to set up my own business and to be useful to my family and my community.