Micro-finance in Senegal

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Projects Abroad has launched a pioneering Micro-finance project in Senegal. The aim of this project is to help the street children of St Louis build a sustainable future for themselves through small scale entrepreneurship.

These children, known as Talibes, come from disadvantaged families and are sent to live with religious leaders at an early age. They don’t receive any formal education and are forced to beg on the streets for food and money. This micro-finance project provides the older Talibe children with small loans to start up a business of their own. These loans will be repaid over time and with guidance from projects Abroad staff and volunteers.

Your role as a volunteer may include; reading through the Talibes proposed business plans; interviewing and selecting potential candidates for loans; monitoring and guiding selected candidates; and organising training workshops. Volunteers with experience in finance and business can share their knowledge in order to make small businesses a success. Those without experience can still get involved, but in a different way. For example, if one of the children starts up a small stall, you may find yourself helping him sell his produce.

The Micro-finance project runs all year round so you can join at any time. You do not need any prior experience but it is important that you have a keen interest in this area and are flexible, communicate well and are willing to learn. It is also advisable that you take an additional Wolof language course, either before or during the project, so that you become familiar with the local Senegalese language which is widely spoken by the Talibés.


Contact us now to find out more about our Micro-finance project in Senegal...

You can call us on 01903 708300 or email us at info@projects-abroad.co.uk. We have a friendly team ready to answer your questions. You can also use the ‘sign up' or 'login to apply’ button below to get in touch and we’ll email you with more details.



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