Millet Grinder (Niger)

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Millet Grinder (Niger)
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Country: Niger
Volunteer(s) Name: J Tucker
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $756
Percentage community contributed: 25%
Funds needed were: $1414
Funds requested were: $2164
PPCP #: 683-159
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Niger 2009 (16).
Classroom Construction, Community Classroom, English Textbooks, Farmers' Cooperative, Grain Bank, Grain Bank (Niger), Microcredit Capacity Building, Millet Grinder, Millet Grinder (Leemon), Millet Grinder (Niger), Project Template (Niger), School Garden to Introduce Health and Nutrition, Soap to Combat Poverty, Village Health Improvement, Water tower … further results
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Other Projects in Niger (16).
Classroom Construction, Community Classroom, English Textbooks, Farmers' Cooperative, Grain Bank, Grain Bank (Niger), Microcredit Capacity Building, Millet Grinder, Millet Grinder (Leemon), Millet Grinder (Niger), Project Template (Niger), School Garden to Introduce Health and Nutrition, Soap to Combat Poverty, Village Health Improvement, Water tower … further results
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Info about the Millet Grinder (Niger)


The pounding of grains such as millet, sorghum, and corn into flour forms the backbone of the daily work of the women and girls of Niger. This labor intensive process often takes precedence over other important activities such as visiting the health hut or gardening for better dietary variety. It also has a secondary detrimental impact as young girls may be kept out of school to assist their mothers with the pounding.

This project is designed to provide the people of a village in Niger with access to a millet grinder to reduce the workload of women and girls in the village. The grinder will be managed by a community elected grinding committee who intend to have every family contribute 25 CFA per week to the caisse and charging people not from the village 25 CFA per bowl. All funds will be placed into the caisse which will fund maintenance and upkeep of the machine as well as paying the operator(s). A small percentage will be allocated for further small-income generating activities.

A grinder will meet the expressed needs of the community by increasing their standing and empowering them as community leaders. They will learn money management, budgeting, and leadership skills necessary to large project management. Additionally, a grinder will provide the women with additional time to engage in additional projects such as gardening or other small income generating activities as well as giving them more unstructured time for child care and rest.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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