Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies

Today we spoke with Fily Keita, a visionary 23 year old, a true amazon working with rural women on grass-root agriculture.

SheLEAPS:
Welcome Fily Keita, l am so pleased to meet you. Will you introduce yourself to the tribe? Who is Fily Keita?
Fily Keita:
Fily Keita is a graduate from the Faculty of Letters,Languages and Science of Language (FLSL) of the University of Bamako.She is an aspiring Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about rural development.That’s why, she is working on a social venture (Agrowomen) which aims at empowering and supporting Rural Women through agriculture (Sesame exploitation). She is also working on a project which aims at creating an organization to support rural Girls Education. An active member of PYAfrica Mali, she is an active member of EPC(English Practice Club) of Bamako. She was General Secretary of English for Us (EFU) of Kati. Fily is a 23 year old, working as an intern at a national NGO named Le Tonus.
I work for Rural development at Tonus, where we work with clusters of woman farmers

SheLEAPS:
Can you tell us a bit about your vision?
Fily Keita:
Agrowomen is a social venture project which aims at empowering rural women through sesame exploitation ( production, transformation and selling). We want to create a transformation institution for sesame oil production. Agrowomen wants to work with clusters of women in rural areas. We want to involve rural women in community development by sesame operation.

SheLEAPS:
Sounds like a really great idea. What is the situation of women farmers in Mali?
Fily Keita:
Yes it is. Women farmers in Mali face problems in their work.Their don’t make much profit from their production and their work is not well organized.They are not so prosperous in their work. They also lack farming materials and trainings.

SheLEAPS:
How much is being done by the government to help these women and how ready are the women to take advantage of present opportunities?
Fily Keita:
Our government is helping women achieve their goals .Women are willing to work because they are aware that they are key actors in development.
However, Literacy is a major issue. Eighty percent of these women are illiterate.They should be educated. Knowing that women have great impact in rural development and Girls education, Agrowomen decided to work with clusters of women in sesame production and transformation.
I’m new in the field of entrepreneurship, and as I said, Agrowomen is just my idea, we have to work to achieve it’s aims.

SheLEAPS:
What is your inspiration?
Fily Keita:
I am inspired by the challenges women face.
My motivation is my desire to see success, my self confidence which pushes me to go ahead, my passion for the emergence of my community

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