In one of the poorest neighborhoods in Niger, Macalester College senior Rayanatou Laouali (Niger, Pearson UWC) worked with a group of local women to organize and register a peanut-processing cooperative. Families in Niger normally cook with imported vegetable oil. The women now divide tools and jobs, buy raw peanuts in bulk, and house one member at the storage warehouse, bought by the project, to safeguard it.
Each co-op member does her work at home; proceeds support their families and are also reinvested in the business. Rayanatou also gave a workshop on how parents can support their children’s education. “By giving the parents a very solid business, then the children can focus on school without having to help,” she said.
This was a Project for Peace.