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The Mandinaba Womens' Recycling Group is a 14-member association recently started in the small West African village of Mandinaba located in the Western Region of [[The Gambia]]. The village has an estimated population of 2,500. There are eight different ethnic groups, the majority being the Mandinka, Jola and Fula tribes.
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The Fundamental 1st Cycle School wishes to improve the health of its students. An 8-student representative bureau, under the guidance of the school director and the 6th grade teacher, has decided they would like to plant mangos in a school garden. They hope to learn about tree care, and later harvest the fruit for the students as a supplemental vitamin source. Extra fruit will be sold in market to raise money for the school’s medical supplies.
  
Farming is the most common occupation for the village residents. Farmers cultivate crops including groundnuts (peanuts), millet, bananas, mangos and oranges. The village women also do gardening and produce vegetable crops including cabbage, onions, peppers and okra. These crops are then sold at local market and are the main source of income for the women. Employment opportunities for women go little beyond this with the exception of small-scale business endeavors such as soap making, fish pie, and tie/dye making. It was under these circumstances that the recycling group was formed.
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In addition to the ultimate use of the trees, the people of the community have heard about the waterless planting method and they asked to learn it. We are taking the opportunity of a tree planting to invite an expert to teach interested community members and 4-5th graders. When the trees are established, the nursery owner who is providing them will return and teach grafting as part of his sale cost, so students will be exposed to two tree-improvement methods.
  
[[Image:Isatouceesay.jpg|left|thumb|300px|Isatou Ceesay]]
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To help the school, children’s parents have agreed to build the fence protecting the trees. They will also collect the compost and other supplies necessary for planting. The 4th and 5th grade classes will share watering duties. The school asks for assistance in purchasing fence materials and trees, as well as the teaching fees for the PLASA expert.
  
A Peace Corp volunteer Health and Community extension agent learned that several of the women in the community knew how to crochet but used it to no economic advantage. She then contacted Isatou Ceesay, Project coordinator of the Njau Women Recycling Group working for the Swedish NGO Future in Our Hands. She arranged a meeting and a training for the women of Mandinaba. Concerned with the overwhelming presence of plastic bags in the environment this group decided to use crochet to recycle plastic bags into purses and wallets. Isatou came to Mandinaba for two days and instructed the group of women on how to collect the bags from the environment, wash and dry them and cut them appropriately, and then crochet them into the purses and wallets. The group consists of both young and older women, predominately housewives, each required to pay a membership fee which is put towards a group fund. Meetings occur on the first and last Monday of each month, with every Friday being "clean-up" day where the group chooses a place in the village or surrounding area (i.e. the village market, police station, etc.) to do trash pick-up.
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
 
 
 
 
[[Image:gambiantrashbagproject.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Recycling Group]]
 
 
 
The group hopes to grow stronger through improvement of their skills and the training of other women. There is currently a waiting list for new members. They plan to resister and become recognized as an official association in The Gambia. They are currently trying to raise money to build a Mandinaba Womens' Recycling Group Skills Center, a place to meet, work and train others. Currently they meet in the village nursery school. Marketing is currently done informally, but as their group grows, they will seek outlets overseas. (See also a short video of interview with Isatou Ceesay.) Want to buy a purse? Check out World Goods (http://www.worldgoodsfairtrade.com/servlet/the-101/recycled-coin-purse-gambia/Detail ). They get their purses from Mandinaba and from Isatou's home village of Njau.
 
 
 
== See the video ==
 
{{Youtube|wJQhDj_jiRo}}
 
The women of Mandinaba, The Gambia, west Africa generate income by crocheting coin purses from strips of recycled plastic bags. To a soundtrack of Baaba Maal (from the CD Missing You (Mi Yeewnii), track: Jamma Jenngii); if you like it, please buy it.)
 
 
 
http://www.worldgoodsfairtrade.com/catalog/NJ100full.jpg
 
 
 
== Reference ==
 
Written by Youtube user: [http://www.youtube.com/user/GambiaRising GambiaRising]
 
 
 
 
 
[[category:Projects]]
 
[[category:Women empowered]]
 
[[category:The Gambia]]
 
[[category:Youtube]]
 
[[category:The Gambia projects]]
 

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The Fundamental 1st Cycle School wishes to improve the health of its students. An 8-student representative bureau, under the guidance of the school director and the 6th grade teacher, has decided they would like to plant mangos in a school garden. They hope to learn about tree care, and later harvest the fruit for the students as a supplemental vitamin source. Extra fruit will be sold in market to raise money for the school’s medical supplies.

In addition to the ultimate use of the trees, the people of the community have heard about the waterless planting method and they asked to learn it. We are taking the opportunity of a tree planting to invite an expert to teach interested community members and 4-5th graders. When the trees are established, the nursery owner who is providing them will return and teach grafting as part of his sale cost, so students will be exposed to two tree-improvement methods.

To help the school, children’s parents have agreed to build the fence protecting the trees. They will also collect the compost and other supplies necessary for planting. The 4th and 5th grade classes will share watering duties. The school asks for assistance in purchasing fence materials and trees, as well as the teaching fees for the PLASA expert.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.