‘I’d like to become the leading rice producer in Niger’
Three questions for Nigerien rice farmer, Rakia Madougou. After discovering her entrepreneurial spirit, she’s now achieving success as a woman in the male-dominated world of rice farming.
The employment promotion project ProEMPLOI II has empowered 25,000 young people and women and strengthened 730 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives in Niger. The project is cofinanced by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its objective is for MSMEs to formalise their operations, modernise their management systems and improve their visibility. In this way, they can raise their turnover and create new jobs, which in turn improves people’s health and wellbeing (SDG 3).
In its three regions of intervention, Agadez, Tillabéri and Zinder, the project has already assisted 524 MSMEs since January 2021. 70 per cent of these companies have increased their turnover by more than 25 per cent and recruited new employees. In the community of Kollo, where Rakia Madougou lives, 30 entrepreneurs have benefited from the support of GIZ’s SME Loop approach, nearly half of them women. Today, all 30 have a business plan in place.