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Mali/Effects of climate change - Wetlands International rescues affected communities and improves their living conditions

03-Dec-2014

In Mali, Wetlands International operates within 20 villages of the Mopti region. This intervention is done together with partner organizations to mobilize and steer adaptation attitudes and strategies for local communities that have been severely hit by climate change. Wetlands International helps them in improving their living conditions.

In order to better fight the phenomenon of poverty, Wetlands International and its partners of the Partners Alliance for Resilience (PfR) mobilized funds amounting several million CFA francs to improve the income of women in 12 villages from the Northen and Central Mali. This helping hand has enabled women's groups to set up a revolving credit fund. Thus, income-generating activities for women who engage in microfinance have been developed in Noga and Simina, two affected villages vividly whiped by poverty. In both localities, beneficiaries of the project were structured and savings as well as a credit Union was established. Aissatou Tamboura, Simina women’s group member noted that the advancement of women group consists of 25 women. '' Everyone contributes 100 FCFA every Friday. A rate of 4% is set on loans. The borrowed money is used for small business '' she says.

When jokingly asked whether they can make a gift to the visitor I was, they respond in unison that there is no big money in the credit union. A spontaneous response that sounded like a diplomatic refusal.  This raised the general laughter from men in the village. '' They jealously guard their sub for them ''  a man told us. On site, we learn that a sum 6 million FCFA has been mobilized. This fund is based on the savings that women are gathered with support by the project.

To better support women, a one hectar garden was established in each village by Wetlands International to improve agricultural productivity and increase purchasing power of those who hav been the most affected by poverty.  ‘'One part of production from market gardening activities is intended to food, the other part is sold’' explained the Noga women we found sitting listening quietly to each other during in a meeting under a tree in the heart of the village. And the chief of the village of Noga added that before the creation of the perimeter, people in his area went looking for supply of vegetables as long as 8km after Sévaré, which is more than 60 km from here.

In Simina, community garden existed before the arrival of Wetlands International and Care Mali but these organisations helped to strengthen it. The community garden is now planted with fruit trees including jujube among others.

These community gardens established in all these villages have enabled women to get a fair level of financial autonomy.

Wetlands International and its partners aim to fight drought and floods, and climate change impacts. The organization works on poverty reduction activities, capacity building of stakeholders and advocacy in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

All these are efforts of Wetlands International that have brought a certain level of positive change in the concerned areas.

Partners for Resilience (PfR) is a consortium of Wetlands International, Netherlands Red Cross, Care International Mali, Cordaid, the Centre on Climate Change of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Malian defense organizations of environment as the GRAT (Research and Technical Applications Group) AMPRODE / Sahel (Malian Association for the Protection and Development of the Environment in the Sahel, ODI / Sahel (Integrated Development Organization in the Sahel), and Governmental Structures decentralized structures. The project is funded by Wetlands International, Netherlands Red Cross, Care International Mali, Cordaid, the Centre on Climate Change of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Contact: Bakary Kone (bkone@wetlands-africa.org) and Pape Diomaye Thiare (pthiare@wetlands-africa.org)

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81

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