Everyday in Niger women and girls spend countless hours and much of their energy pounding grains like millet, corn and sorghum into flour to feed their families. More often than not pounding takes priority over important activities like visiting the local health hut, and girls as young as eight are kept out of school in order to stay home and help with the labor.
This project design is to provide the people of my village with access to a millet grinder, thereby reducing the workload of women and girls in the village. The community-elected grinder committee will manage all operational and financial aspects, including setting a fixed price of 35CFA per bowl for use of the machine. Much of the money earned from the operation of the grinder will be kept in a caisse to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the machine as well as paying its operator.
A millet grinder in the village will meet the expressed needs of the community first and foremost by increasing women’s standing by empowering them as leaders. They will learn the necessary skills to manage money and take charge of a project affecting the entire community. Moreover a grinder will provide the women with more time to rest and spend taking care of their children.