Fatou Njie, bi-president of the Gambian Amputee Association, called a group of female association members together in January of this year to talk about their lives as women with disabilities. From that meeting the group decided to invest more time in their female peer circle forming the Gambian Female Amputee Partnership group.
Time spent establishing the existing skill set within twelve ‘Female Focus Group’ attendees paved the way for a number of workshops in the upcoming months the first of which was a tie and dye workshop hosted by single mother of two Tida Fofana in the last weekend of February. Eight places were offered on the two day workshop where participants were taught how to tie a variety of patterns, the science behind dying the fabric, what equipment and materials are needed and where to find them.
Gatherings such as these not only serve to share skills but give the chance for women to talk about how to work together for a sustainable future for them and their families. The group worked quickly to arrange the next workshop to learn how to make pepper sauce and snacks led by Tako Saho.
Immediately the local community offered their support by providing lunch for all ten of the group attendees. When asked why she wanted to host a workshop Tako said ” I see this as being the right way to go. For me it is important to see my fellow females being strong, successful and smiling. That is what we want from this.”