Microcredit helps Senegal women

Grand-Mbao – After months of waiting, 50-year-old Ndeye Khari Pouye has finally won the “cagnotte de la tontine”, a precious jackpot to help feed her chickens and maintain her livelihood, News24 reports.

Sitting on a mat surrounded by other women wearing traditional Senegalese wide-sleeved boubou dresses, she struggles to contain her glee.

“It’s my turn!” beams Pouye, who has just won a jackpot of about $490.

Her financial good fortune is the result of a co-operative scheme organised among locals in the Medina area of Grand-Mbao, a neighbourhood on the tip of Africa’s west coast on the outskirts of the capital Dakar. Read the full report here