IOM The Gambia
“I have no doubt that this bakery will be of great benefit to my community and myself. It is going to be a source of food and income.”
“In 2017, I left for Morocco attempting to reach Europe. At the time, I had friends who had already crossed the Mediterranean Sea and arrived in Europe. I decided to leave to provide for my family, but the journey was a really tough experience. After several futile attempts to cross, I returned home in early 2020.
When I returned, I went into subsistence farming. However, this did not give me enough income. In my community, I remember one person calling me a failure, but I didn't care what they said. Luckily, my family understood me. The bakery is under construction. We can't wait to see the baked bread that will be sold in the community. I have no doubt that this bakery will be of great benefit to my community and myself. It is going to be a source of food and income, which will use the income to provide for my family. In the future, I hope to start another business in animal husbandry.
Despite our progress, the border closures mean we are losing market opportunities from our neighbors in Senegal. Senegal is less than two kilometers away from here, so there is a potential market across the border. Like other businesses, ours won’t be spared. As we are still setting up, I will not hire personnel that I cannot afford. Until the virus is contained, we are trying to maintain good hygiene practices while running our business.”