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Djiguenou Tay

Organic garden for the women of Kelle in Senegal

About the project

Waoh!!! Almost 10 years… Since 2009, each year, the Yobalema association offers a journey where people can exchange, share, and discover in each other’s respect, in the country of Teranga (Téranga meaning hospitality in "wolof "a language of Senegal).

A journey like no other : a journey to African land, and a return to basics. Marked by cultural, artistic and full of solidarity highlights in Kelle, a fishing village less than 30 miles from Dakar, which saw Khady Sarr, a dancer and a choreographer, grow up, Khady who has settled in Bordeaux for some years now.

Since the first journey, Khady ‘s childhood friends, the women of the village of Kelle have been an integral part of the project. In 2016, to make this link genuine and even more sustainable and fair between them the “Women from there” and us the “Women from here”, the fair Yobalema association decided to create the DJIGUENOU TAY project ( “Women of today in “wolof”).

Djiguenou Tay is the story of a collective of Senegalese and French women around the creation of an Organic vegetable garden.

From 1990 to 1995, Kelle had a vegetable garden. The grandmothers of the village grew bissap (hibicus). By lack of support, they ended by giving it up. The garden and the land were split up and sold.

Today, we want it to be reborn again. We are involved in breathing new life into an organic garden, respectful of the balance between man and his environment.

Through that garden, held by the women from the village of Kelle and supported and followed by the “Women from here”, from Bordeaux, we wish to allow a collective of women to fight against poverty and food insecurity.

Carried by the desire of allowing these women, who are married to gone far away or deceased fishermen, to enjoy financial autonomy, to ensure their children are provided healthy food and to limit rural exodus, we started to work.

Since 1999, the Ministry of Agriculture of Senegal has started a program of micro-gardening for the urban and suburban populations. First limited to Dakar, the concept has developed over the whole territory starting from 2006.

To combine the principle of micro-gardens with permaculture to the scale of a semiarid land to create a viable garden in order to guarantee quality food in sufficient quantity is the purpose of DJIGUENOU TAY.


  • Alimentary auto-sufficency
  • To promote the local consumption
  • To create workshop animations in the garden for childrens
  • To developp local economy, clearing salaries for medium & long term
  • To sell the fresh vegetables in the village & on market
  • Fabrication of conserves to keep the excess

What are the funds for?

This project will need numerous investments we budgeted. The sum of money collected with the crowdfunding will be used in this way:

  • Terrain reservation: 5000€ on 20000€ for 2 hectares
  • Arrangement of composting & tree plantation: 2000€
  • Gardening & horticulture training course for women: 1500€
  • Water question (forage, drip, water reserve, strawmulching, terraces...): 1500€

This crowdfunding project will help us to finance 33% of our actual goals, which come tou 30000€ a beginning for this garden, which you can materialise... and make up accomplish if we exceed our financial goals!

Geographic situation, climatic conditions

Senegal is situated in the inter-tropical area. It's always hot, with an exceptional amount of sun. There are two seasons:

  • The dry season from October to June, almost without any drop of rain, but swept by sometimes between December and February, by the "harmattan", this sand wind quite chilly and drying which sprinkles the landscape, above all in the North half part of Senegal.
  • The rains saisean from July to September. It's called wintering. Storms, tornados, diluvian rains make sometimes trips hard.

Weak rain concentrated on only some weeks - important evaporation - hot winds with dry, extremly sandy ground - sunshine almost permanent - ground erosion

Our project is a solidaire project. So we calculated that one Euro collected will help us to make the terrain grow of 1 m².

But we also planned different levels of compensation you can discover there:

20€: a "wax" bag

35€: a "wax" bag + a bissap packet

50€: a "wax" bag + a bissap packet + invitation for an "apero bisap" with African dance & sings performances and/or a movie projection of "portraits d'artistes"

100€: a "wax" bag + a bissap packet + invitation for an "apero bisap" with African dance & sings performances and/or a movie projection of "portraits d'artistes" + a dance workshop in Bordeaux

200€:  a "wax" bag + a bissap packet + invitation for an "apero bisap" with African dance & sings performances and/or a movie projection of "portraits d'artistes" + an African meal for 4 persons in Bordeaux

1000€: a dance workshop for two weeks in Senegal (without the flight ticket) +  "wax" bag + a bissap packet + invitation for an "apero bisap" with African dance & sings performances and/or a movie projection of "portraits d'artistes" + a dance workshop in Bordeaux

a "wax" bag

Dancing lesson

Senegalese dish

About the project owner

We are a women collective from the village of Kelle, accompagnied by a group of women from Bordeaux, members of the association Yobalema, created by Khady Sarr de Lumey.

Khady Sarr, dancer choregrapher et fundator in 2014 of Yobalema association works to developp solidaire et artistic activities, thanks to dance et travel from 2009.

Born in the Dakar's medina, Khady spent off her childhood with her grandparents in Kelle, where the actual chef is her grandfather Baye Baba Samb. She took initiative of this project in order to build a new relation between Europe and Africa around a common project with women from over there and women from here?

That's how the organic garden project Djiguenou Tay, women of today, was born in 2016.

We all have each other different specificities, as communication, journalism, healthcare or agriculture, that we are going to use for the project.