Contributions from Emmy
While in Senegal I worked with a local juice and jelly business owned by a group of young women. Through a Peace Corps Partnership Program grant I worked with them to receive their liscense to sell jucie products legally in Senegal. We also purchased this HUGE cooking pot to pasteurize their juice and were very proud of it!
During my service as a Small Enterprise Development (SED) Volunteer in Kaffrine, Senegal I taught a weekly bussines class at a local vocational school for young women. My course, which I taught in French and Wolof in conjunction with my Senegalese counterpart, was a nice addition to their curriculum and a great way to get to know some amazing young women. Here I am at the end of my service saying good-bye to them.
The moment a woman enters her husband's house as a new bride is joyful and a huge step in Senegal. They are greated by their new family and the women put down cloth in front of her to lead the way to her new home. Her a close friend of mine, all dressed up for the day, enters her husband's home for the first time as his new wife. After this a day of eating and celebrating began!
Near the end of my service a young woman that I was close to had her first child. Her her sister-in-law sits with the new born and the family elders during the naming ceremony. I really saw this girl become a woman during my service and enjoyed seeing her grow!