For want of a bar of soap

For want of a bar of soap

“We have been meeting as a group and saving for small business needs for ten years,” says Mariam Traoré, the president of her savings group ‘Sigida Yiriwa Ton 1,’ which in English means ‘Association for Community Development.’ “Each member contributes CFA 100 [about...
Meet Korotoumou

Meet Korotoumou

Kalabambougou is not far from the bustling streets of Bamako’s city center, but after leaving the paved roads behind, drivers go from dodging the moto bikes that weave in and out of traffic to skirting the car-sized pot holes formed by the deluge of the rainy season....
Meet Mah

Meet Mah

Mah Diarra lives in Lassa, a small community that feels remote, even though it sits in the hills on the western edge of Bamako, Mali’s bustling capital.  Last year, nearly four months into her pregnancy, Mah hadn’t yet seen a doctor because she couldn’t afford to. One...