Despite pursuing careers in the UK, the US and Switzerland, they have stayed in touch and more than 30 years after leaving school now work together on the initiative. Their work has even won an International Women’s Award, presented in Washington DC to the local leader of the projects.
Over the past four years the three friends have worked together to set up a number of projects through local women’s groups including the introduction of solar food dryers to improve nutrition, milling machines, soap manufacture and solar ovens.
Through their work, the Gambian women also learn business skills like marketing, pricing, packaging and finance which they then pass on throughout the community. In the future Carol hopes GWI will expand to help other women across Africa.
She said: “We have achieved all of our expected outcomes and more; the villages now have an increased sustainable income which benefits everyone, the women are empowered, they participate in decision-making within the village and they have more time to concentrate on growing good crops.
“All three of us believe that the success of this initiative is owed in part to our education at The Queen’s School where we were taught to be culturally curious, help others and give back.”]]>