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.

Campement Le Bedick "Chez Leontine". Senegal

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.

Jinaben Yo Afeo. Senegal

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.

Ecotourism in Mar Lodj Island. Senegal

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.

Women entrepreneurs of Mar Lodj. Senegal

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.

Exploitation and commercialisation of salt in Faoye. Senegal

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.

Ndamelor Group. Senegal

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 Group. Senegal

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.

Promotion of entrepreneurship in the commune of Djembering Senegal

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.

Carabane Island Handicraft Centre. Senegal

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.

Faoye Ecotourism Camp. Senegal

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". 

Lifanfañe Casamance. Senegal

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.

Índigo Senegal

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. 

Professional capacity building in the hotel industry. Senegal

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.

Fimela Farm School. Senegal

The population of the rural community of Fimela in the Sine Saloum Delta is highly vulnerable in terms of food security. 

Hotel industry internships at Faoye. Senegal

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.

Ebecan Casamance. Senegal

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.

Gender and entrepreneurship in Mar Fafaco. Senegal

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.

Marketing of agricultural products in Nyassia and Enampore. Senegal

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.

Malenke and Bassari Cultural Associations. Senegal

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.


A group of five women dedicated to the production of cosmetics made from natural products seek to form a cooperative and formalise their natural cosmetics brand.


The population of the rural community of Faoye is highly vulnerable in the context of post-COVID and climate crisis. Faced with this situation, the women of the Diam Bougoum Association are attempting to diversify and strengthen their sources of income


Despite the opportunities offered by tourism in Djembering, the lack of technical or financial support for women's micro-entrepreneurial activities has so far been an obstacle to the implementation of initiatives that contribute to their economic empowerment.


In Salemata, in the Bassari Country (Senegal), a cooperative made up of 52 women from the community develops economic activities based on the transformation and commercialization of products such as monkey bread, fonio, shea butter, honey or soap.