Two villages were selected by region: Timbou and Takpamba (Savanes); Atalote and Djamde (Kara); Gbeleko and Kouma-Apoti (Plateaux); Fazao and Tchifama (Central); Djakpleme and Djegba Kondji (maritime).
"We help the people of these ten villages to transform their local products allowing them to earn money through what they produce. Being in the promotion of health, we must consume organic food. We must eat locally, promote local agriculture, local processing to ensure a better rural economy. We’ll keep on working with quality services for these products to be labeled", says Dr. Michel Kodom agridigital.
Yet, the first results are encouraging and make it possible to identify these villages in relation to their specialization. We have the dried tomato at Timbou; peanut oil in Takpamba; bean flour in Djamde; seeds of nere and the local drink tchukutchu in Atalote; ginger in Tchifama; honey in Fazao; cloths woven in Djegba kondji; palm wine and sodabi in Djakpleme; cassava derivatives at Kouma-Apoti.
"In Timbou (15 km from Cinkasse), for example, women used to sell their tomatoes at low prices when it abounds, but since they learned the technique of dried tomato, the unsold are dried, put on the market creating added value, "says Sika Light Hovi, National Coordinator for Aimes-Africa Development Projects.
Development at the grassroots
Also in this project of Aimes-Africa NGO, the grassroots population is strongly involved. Various activities are developed namely the sponsorship of the best students, the effective restoration of children through the construction of canteens, training on entrepreneurship.
"We have focused on children and young people because we want to instill the concept of entrepreneurship in these young people to say that you live in the villages but you can live happily in your localities with a vision of development through community work whether in the field of agriculture, livestock, or crafts", Dr. Kodom justifies.
When we began sponsorship, testifies Sika to agridigitale, "rare were the children who wanted to get to work but just after the project where the best students started taking 45,000 CFA per quarter, there is an emulation and it had a positive influence on school performance.
Same thing for the school canteen project. "There is an improvement in the performance of the children and the number has also increased. In some villages when we ask the parent why did they send their children to school, the answer is, because they will eat at school", says Sika.
His vision remains intact today: bring the hospital closer to the rural people, the poorest strata and help them live the experience of a complete integral development. Success in the 10 pilot villages will undoubtedly be a challenge for others just waiting for such initiatives.
Dr. Michel Kodom is well aware of the challenge, the rulers too.