In a region where rural exodus and traditional gold panning are in vogue for youth, finding a path to entrepreneurship remains a challenge for many young people. In the village of Boundo, located in the Office du Niger zone in Mali, Kobogoba Diarra is a young man with the ambition to transform his future. In previous years, after the agricultural season, he went to the capital city to work as a butcher in Bamako.
In the local culture, young people head for the big cities even before the end of the agricultural season. Nowadays, venturing to the gold mining sites has become the great dream of many of them, despite the enormous risks. However, a few years ago, Kobogoba decided otherwise. After production, he waits for the harvest season to do rice threshing, an activity that has changed his living conditions.
The village of Boundo is a leading rice producing area. Many of the local farmers are members of the SIGUIDA YEELEN union, our partner that aims to improve the availability of white and parboiled rice for local consumption.