At Santander BEST Africa we offer technical or economic support to enterprises that favour the employment of women, promote sustainability - economic, social and environmental - and contribute in an inclusive way to the development of the community.
Find out about some of the projects included in the programme.
Women’s initiative Gambia helps empower low-income women by developing activities that generate income in a sustainable way, based on the protection and conservation of the natural environment.
This organisation was founded in 2007 with the aim of uniting the oyster gatherers and processors on the coast of Gambia to increase their capacity and resources for the development of their activity.
In 2001 entrepreneur Claudette Sarr-Krook began making dairy products from her own kitchen in Kololi. Very soon, due to the success of the business, he built a small factory and began supplying his products to supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.
The name of the Kotu Beach Fruit Vendor Organization means "Women Working in Unit". Women buy the fruits they sell to tourists at the local market and prepare and sell them at an Association stall located on Kotu Beach.
In the heart of the Bassari Country, in Senegal, Leontine Keita, a young mother of Bedik ethnic group, manages a small rural camp, Chez Leontine, which is comprised of 8 rustic cabins and a dining hall.
Group dedicated to the production of jams, juices and syrups derived from the transformation of mango, papaya, oranges, bitter oranges, bissap or grapefruit in Oussouye, the heart of the Lower Casamance.
The local economy of Mar Lodj has traditionally been based on agriculture and fishing. However, in recent years, both activities have been affected by the effects of climate change. The Tourist Welcome Office, an initiative managed by a group of young people from Mar Lodj, aims to contribute to the reduction of youth unemployment and emigration through sustainable tourism.
On Mar Lodj Island, women involved in the processing of fruit, cereals and fish products and artisan women have their own working spaces and extensive experience in their fields of work. Despite their commitment to the work they do, their production is not sufficiently visible and they often have liquidity problems.
The DIAM BOUGOUM women's association in Faoye, in the Sine-Saloum Delta, is dedicated to the exploitation and commercialisation of salt. However, women face many obstacles in securing income from this activity.
A group of 41 women from Faoye, in the Sine-Saloum Delta, are participating in Ndamelor, a group that aims to help generate income to complement the family economy of women in this community. Their intention is to start a small business dedicated to the rental of equipment for the organisation of social or cultural events.
Kalogen was founded in 2004 to help improve the family economy of community members. In 2019, after an initial training in sewing techniques, the women began to make bags, pillowcases, eyeglass cases or wallets, which they sell at the Casamance Cultural Centre.
Mama Africa is a small hotel complex, very close to the fishing village of Tanji, on the coast of The Gambia, owned by Gambian artist and entrepreneur Isha Fofana. It includes a gallery focusing on Gambian art and culture. This is also a non-profit association, with a special focus on supporting women in vulnerable situations.
Yabouy Home Cooking is a small tourism business led by Gambian entrepreneur Ida Cham, offering a complete immersion in Gambian culture. Her company's motto is "Preserving my culture to promote sustainable tourism".
The Al Amal Women's Association launched a bakery in Tetouan in 2018 with the aim of providing protected employment for women who were victims of violence and in a situation of social and economic vulnerability. The bakery allows abused women to train, work and generate sufficient income to rebuild their lives.
The textile cooperative of Tanafelt comprises 30 women dedicated to the production of textile handicrafts sold in the craft stalls and tourist stores of Chefchaouen, a well-known national and international tourist destination.
Most of the women in the commune of Djembering, on the west coast of Casamance, develop economic activities to generate income to help the well-being of their families. Tourism has offered them opportunities to timidly develop horticulture and the processing of local products for the hotels and restaurants in the area.
The Carabane Island Handicraft Centre is located in the central square of Carabane, next to the colonial church, in a strategic place for the exhibition and sale of local crafts to visitors who come to the island during their travels through Casamance.
Women members of the Chefchaouen beekeeping cooperative will produce honey and honey products for sale at the "Maison de l'abeille" museum.
The Khzana Women's Cooperative is composed of 18 women and was created in 2008 in the rural village of Khzana, near Chefchaouen. The women are dedicated to textile handicrafts and try to innovate in handicraft production by incorporating new designs based on the patterns of the culture of this area of northern Morocco.
The Talassemtane cooperative was created in 2004 in the city center of Chefchaouen. This cooperative is made up of six young women who are experts in textile crafts and traditional products.
We developed this project to build a traditional bakery in the rural community of Ndemban Tenda and to train a team of five women in business management and entrepreneurship.
The Faoye Ecotourism Camp is a beautiful and well-kept camp managed by the Faoye community under an agreement with the Spanish Active Ecotourism Association "Campamentos Solidarios".
In Oussouye, at the heart of the Lower Casamance, 15 women of the diola ethnic group living in this community intend to train and form a partnership to begin offering their services as responsible tour guides to travelers visiting the Casamance.
The SAM SAM III center is located in Pikine, a town 20 kilometers from Dakar. It is a training center that serves about 100 young people who, at the end of their studies, can either continue with an internship or receive a microcredit to start a small business.
The main challenge for the development of the Al Hoceima National Park is to combine tourism and conservation.
The mission of the Kalasanz Women's Promotion Center is to raise young women's awareness of their basic rights and to offer them vocational training opportunities.
The population of the rural community of Fimela in the Sine Saloum Delta is highly vulnerable in terms of food security.
La Source aux Lamantins is a hotel school that offers training and internships in the hotel industry, pastry making, bakery and agro-ecology to underprivileged young people from the Fimela area.
The village of Seleki is located in the community of Enampore, an increasingly popular destination for tourists. The Seleki and Enampore campsites are frequently visited by groups of travelers.
Kankanba Farm is a center specialized in the practice of agritourism located in Sanyang. Its mission is to provide employment to members of the surrounding communities, mainly women.
The impact of climate change is affecting communities traditionally dedicated to fishing and agriculture in the areas closest to the coast of the Sine Saloum Delta in Senegal. The associations of women who process fish products in Ile de Mar Fafaco are forced to go further out to sea in order to harvest the fruits of their labor.
The southern part of Senegal has a strong agronomic potential due to its climate and soil fertility. In the communes of Nyassia and Enampore, in Lower Casamance, most women are involved in horticulture, rice cultivation or arboriculture.
At the Nissae-Bades Cooperative, "Women of Bades", located in a coastal area of the Al Hoceima National Park in Morocco, a total of 24 women from the community work on handicraft products made from wool and palm heart.
Tour operators visiting the Kedougou region, in southeastern Senegal, frequently hire the celebration of traditional festivals of the Malenke or Bassari cultures. The festivals are excellent occasions to show and share with visitors the customs and traditions of the different ethnic groups that coexist in an area of the country of great cultural and environmental value, declared a World Heritage Site in 2012.