The name of the organization of fruit sellers of Kotu beach means “Women working together". All the members of the association are women. They purchase the fruit which they then sell to the tourists at the local market and at a stall belonging to the Association located on the beach of Kotu. As the tourist season in Gambia only lasts six months, the fruit sellers must face the challenge of surviving in the low season, when there are no tourists. Most of the women attempt to implement alternative business projects, however this is difficult because of the lack of access to funding.
At Santander BEST Africa, with the collaboration of GTHI, the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute, we facilitate the purchase of furniture in addition to supporting the training of women of the Association on safety and hygiene, preparation of juices and drinks based on fruit and vegetables, and accounting, applied to the management of their business.