December 17, 2012. On this day we reached 10,000 views to the Options Senegal Web site. Thanks to all who helped make this work program a success, including but not limited to: ChildFund International, ChildFund Senegal, the Thies-based ChildFund Federation, local Associations and Community Mobilizers, the Thies and New York-based Options for Life/Options Senegal […]
It’s been awhile since the last project update. This is due in large part to a five-month delay in securing micro finance support needed by the program trainees to start their own commercial product distributorships. That support had been prearranged and guaranteed during the formation of the project partnership in the Fall of 2011. However […]
18FEB2012. El Hadji Alioune Diouf, Directeur, Direction du Commerce Interieur, Ministere du Commerce of Senegal pays an informal visit to Options Senegal — here inspecting a section of the newly installed Ecolign bottling line.
I. COOPERATION BETWEEN PARTNERS 1. First and foremost, we want to say that ChildFund Senegal and the Federations have been most cooperative with Options Senegal. For example: 1 a. After each training, the Options Senegal trainers and the Options Senegal managers discussed and agreed upon changes that could be made to the program and the […]
Two weeks ago, we moved from our temporary office in Dakar to a more permanent location in Thies. At the roughly 2,000 sq. ft. Thies Headquarters, we will also temporarily locate an Ecolign Mini-plant (small-scale blending and bottling operation). We’ll move the Mini-plant to a larger location after we determine how much product production and […]
November 28 to January 12, 2012. Partnership. Over the past three months, since the US contingent of the Options Senegal development team has been “on the ground,” we have developed a deep respect for the work of the local Federations and Associations organized and supported by ChildFund International and ChildFund Senegal. The task of recruiting, […]
Options Senegal has begun using the Second Life game platform on the Internet to model new EcoLign promotional materials and to train EcoLign salespeople on an ongoing basis. Currently, only about 25% of the trainees have access to a computer and the Internet. We’ll work on increasing that percentage.
Last week we were in Baol, in the Diourbel region of Senegal. The 140-kilometer drive takes 3 hours if you leave Dakar at 5:00 in the morning and six hours stuck in traffic if you leave any later than that. Baol is considerably smaller than Thiès and Mbour, with a population of approximately 100,000 people […]
The Options Senegal team heads to the city of Baol, in the Diourbel region of Senegal on December 28 to begin its third training session in conjunction with ChildFund Senegal for 50 participants. These 50 participants represent community associations from the Diourbel region who were recruited by local Federations in partnership with ChildFund Senegal. Following […]
Mbour – December 19- 23, 2011. Members of ten community associations met to form Economic Interest Groups (GIE) and for business and life skills training by ChildFund Senegal, Options Senegal and the Fel Yook Federation of Mbour. This group of 50 trainees, the first group out of 100 trainees in this region, were recruited by […]
One of the biggest production challenges we face here in the suburbs of Dakar – very near the ocean — is keeping our filling line equipment free of sand. People in our neighborhood sweep their floors several times a day. The sand dust is so fine you can’t see it but it’s as much a […]
Options Senegal and ChildFund Senegal will begin the training of 300 program participants in the Thiès and Diourbel regions of Senegal commencing December 13, 2011. The course will cover basic business organization and life skills including reproductive health and personal financial management (by ChildFund Senegal) and the marketing, distribution, and sales of non-toxic household cleaning […]
On October 31, 2011, Options for Life (OFL) Director of Business Development, Jaryd Kase, began ‘training the trainers’ — including the Senegalese local Mini-plant management team — in preparation for OFL’s joint economic empowerment program with ChildFund Senegal. Commencing in mid-December, Options Senegal trainers will work with ChildFund trainers in preparing hundreds of local under-employed […]
November 18 to November 28. The local Options Senegal management team and visiting Options for Life international business development managers (Walter Coddington and Jaryd Kase) accomplished the following: Partnership. On November 17, 2011 representatives of ChildFund Senegal and Options Senegal signed a partnership agreement whereby ChildFund Senegal would identify and provide life skills training to […]