Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.
So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.
As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to fast for all of Ramadan because she does not have the nutritious food needed to to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.
As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.
“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”
Kaidia explains the urgent matters that the new Mali government must attend to – the economy, education and hunger.
Kaidia speaks her mind about the recent coup in Mali and reflects on what these changes could mean for the rural south of the country.
Kaidia Samake is on the village school management committee. She encourages children to go to school and their parents to allow them.
With the worsening food shortage in Mali, Kaidia tells us how local radio is sharing valuable information with rural communities.
Kaidia blogs about health issues for the children of Mali, from malaria to female genital mutilation.