415. Promised Land

“The women were willing to volunteer time, to work for their children and their future,” Woulimata Thiaw reminisces about the early days of the Popenguine Women’s Group for the Protection of Nature. She does not hold back about how men did not believe in the cooperative’s potential. Thiaw, the current Cooperative President, turns the discussion […]


The cooperative adopts a multi-pronged approach to improving the environment and raising living standards in the villages. Forestry, including the preservation of mangroves and evasion of erosion, is the primary activity. The group also focusses on tourism, gardening and development of small industries for the women in the area.