27 February 2013

Gambia: Sutukoba Women 'Kanbeng-Kafoo' Appeals for Help

The Sutukoba women "Kanbeng Kafoo" in the Wuli East District have appealed to the government and NGOs to come to their support and help improve the conditions of their garden. The members made this appeal in an interview with "Foroyaa".

Aja Teneng Touray, an executive member of the kafoo said their immediate aim is to work in the garden after the rainy season with a view to cater for their families interms of feeding and school fees for their children.

"Whether man or woman, everybody has a role to play; whether in your compound or country". Aja Teneng Touray told Foroyaa. She made mention of their fence and cited water as their major constraints and called on the government and NGOs to help them. She finally advice her fellow women to be united, patient and love one and another in their development endeavours.

Kaddy Sawo who spoke on behalf of Kumuna Sumareh said the women are indeed determined to work in the garden, but lack of marketing possibilities is hampering their initiative as gardeners. Kaddy Sawo said: "we toil and boil under the hot sun, but when it is time to reap the fruits of our labour, we have no market and no alternative, then we throw away the remaining produce because of lack of market".

Kaddy also advocates for a good market to sell their produce and finally implored her colleagues to remain determined and united in their development aspirations.

Matida Jaiteh, an executive member representing the Jakalaa Kabiloo reveals that they have been working in the garden and their first garden was at "jamjam". She said this aims at creating a better future for their children. She also appeals for help to fence the garden and provide them with wells and market.

Mama Jabai also added her voice to solicit help from the government and NGOs to help them fence their garden, and provide water facilities as well as market outlets. She said once they are assured of a market, they are capable of satisfying their basic needs.

The secretary to the garden, Napha Jabai informs that Sutukoba women "Kanbeng Kafoo" is a non-political association, a registered association and the membership stands at 989 women. Jabai reveals that the women spent D11, 420 on the garden, but they still need at least D25,000 to complete the work in the garden such as fencing and wells to water their garden. He said currently the garden has 25 mango trees, 10 cashew tress, 3 wells and 10 lemon trees.

Jabai also called on the government and NGOs to help them complete the work in the garden.

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