In some of the most beautiful and remote corners of Africa we often find courageous women who, via hotels, restaurants, handicrafts, and other tourism-related businesses, have found necessary tools to improve not only their own lives, but also those of their communities.

Their testimony and example serve as inspiration for other women interested in undertaking new projects with a positive impact on their environment and community.

At Santander BEST Africa, we offer technical and economic support to help respond to the challenges and obstacles that these entrepreneurs face in order to maintain or boost their projects in the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Below, you can read the stories of some of the women entrepreneurs supported by this programme.

Fatou Janah Mboob. Gambia

Thanks to the TRY Women’s Oyster Harvesting Association, Fatou Janah Mboob has revolutionised the working conditions of a collective who, until recently, were the last social stratum of the Gambian society, the oyster gatherers of the Gambia river.

Leontine Keita. Senegal

At the heart of the Bassari Country, in Senegal, this young Bedik mother manages a rural camp, Chez Leontine, comprised of 8 rustic huts and a dining hall. Leontine is also the promotor of a cooperative of flour producers in her native town.

Ida Cham . Gambia

As a tourism consultant and entrepreneur, for many years, Ida Cham has been the Chair of the Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Responsible Tourism in Gambia. She is recognised as being one of the top 100 African entrepreneurs of the year 2018.

Elisabeth Diouf. Senegal

In the year 2000, Elisabeth opened a touristic accommodation named “Emanaye” in the Casamance region, as she was fully aware of the experience of other camps managed by the communities themselves.

Isatou Ceesay. Gambia

In 1997 Isatou Ceesay and four other women created the N´Jau Recycling Center in their home village. Its main objective was to raise awareness about the importance of doing something with the plastic waste that was piling up in the community.