Baol is considerably smaller than Thiès and Mbour, with a population of approximately 100,000 people in a mostly rural region with an economy focused on groundnut farming and livestock hearding.
Below are statistics compiled from a survey that each Baol training participant completed during the training program. Ten participants identified themselves as having no formal education and education levels varied widely. Many participants were previously unemployed or were unpaid apprentices in fields such as tailoring. Others were previously employed as vendors (coffee, fabric, phone cards), one was a metal worker, and one was a taxi driver.
Nine of the 50 program participants identified themselves as having internet access (at a local internet café). All other participants stated that there was no access to internet in or near their homes.
Number of participants who completed the training program: 45 (90%)
Number of women: 28
Number of men: 17
Average age: 20.7 years old
Average daily income before Options Senegal (for those who were employed): 1360F CFA (approx. US$2.72/day)
Average number of people in household: 14.02 people
Average number of employed people in household: 3.30 people
We will be administering the same survey to all 300 of our initial participants and others beyond that. We will post all survey data on our website and as our data increases, we will provide more statistics.