Mali Program Updates

Last updated: June 06, 2019

June 6, 2019

USAID/Mali Selective Integrated Reading Activity (SIRA) has been operating in Soron village in Sikasso Region through its community participation component, since the second cohort that began in October 2017. Thanks to the project’s awareness-raising activities, the village has become increasingly involved in the education of its children. The active involvement of the community volunteers and members of the school management committee enabled Soron community to be selected as a beneficiary of the project community library. 

May 10, 2019

Access to drinking water is essential to the health of students. However, many schools in the Gao and Ménaka regions do not have any water point. Lack of drinking water exposes children to chronic intestinal diseases and infections such as: cholera, diarrhea, bilharzia, Guinea worm and typhoid. These diseases and infections harm their health, nutrition and impact children’s learning. Around 90% of communities—from areas covered by the USAID Education Recovery Support Activity (ERSA)—reported those diseases as the most important health risk encountered by children at school.

May 3, 2019

Saboucire n’di—a village of 811 people—is located eight kilometers from the Khoulon health center in the Kayes health district of Mali. Saboucire n’di is home to a community health worker (CHW), Ramatoulaye Diallo, selected by the district health team and trained by the government of Mali and partners, including USAID, to bring health services closer to this community. 

April 29, 2019

Rokia Haidara, an entrepreneur in Mali, knows all too well the challenges that women face in starting and running a business. She founded her own company in the city of Sikasso in 2008, and like other women business owners, realized that accessing credit was difficult.  By 2016, Haidara was actively looking for a financial assistance for her company, which specializes in wholesale cereals such as rice, maize and millet, wheat flour and palm oil.

April 15, 2019

In the landlocked West African country of Mali, women entrepreneurs and business owners often struggle to obtain credit, and access to business training.  For Madame Traore, an entrepreneur hailing from Kati, a satellite city outside of the country’s capital city of Bamako, paving a path to access resources for her business was a priority.

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