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Grants Awarded | Casamance

Association des Jeunesses Agricoles de Casamance (AJAC-Lukaal)
Ziguinchor, Senegal

Founded in 1984, AJAC-Lukaal has been led by and served peasant communities in the Casamance for over twenty years. It contributes to lasting peace by assisting local communities to carry out economic, social and cultural activities that improve the living conditions of those affected by years of civil conflict. AJAC promotes family-based, sustainable agriculture for a healthy and balanced environment, provides agricultural and technical assistance, and helps channel funding from international donors. It has a rapidly growing membership of more than 3,500 farmers (more than 75% of whom are women), who have organized themselves into 75 groups (45 rural women's groups and 30 mixed gender groups).

2014$120,0001 year
This grant enables AJAC to award community grants to 20 rural women's groups with 1,060 members in the Ziguinchor area of Casamance, Senegal, for market gardening, animal husbandry, and artisanal soap-making. Fifteen of the 20 grants are awarded to first-time recipient groups.
2013$3,8386 months
This grant supports AJAC to coordinate activities for the We Are the Solution campaign to mark the International Day of Rural Women.
2012$200,0002 years
This grant enables AJAC to continue to strengthen its community grantmaking program by making 26 community grants over two years to 13 rural women’s groups for vegetable production, fencing to protect their plots, and agricultural materials. This grant will also enable AJAC to purchase three tillers which will be managed by three women’s committees in Niaguis and Nyassia districts.
2011$2,3196 months
This grant enables two representatives to participate in a financial management training in Dakar, Senegal.
2010$6,2226 months
This grant enables seven rural women members of AJAC to participate in the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011. The women are organizing and participating in activities aimed at raising awareness of their organization’s activities and the realities of their situation in Casamance.
2010$178,0112 years
This grant enables AJAC to continue to strengthen its community grantmaking program. Specifically, AJAC will award 30 community grants over two years to 26 rural women’s groups, provide technical assistance to the groups and support their advocacy to have access to land and community resources. The grant also supports AJAC to strengthen its organizational capacity and systems, and to reestablish its headquarters in the rural community of Niaguis, now that there is peace, in order to be closer to its members.
2009$97,4951 year
This grant enables AJAC-Lukaal to provide community grants and technical assistance to 12 rural women’s groups in Casamance in order to reduce their farming workload and increase financial resources. Initiatives include the installation of solar pumps for drip irrigation; production of organic fertilizer; and seed conservation. In addition, the grant will enable AJAC-Lukaal to strengthen its administrative and financial systems, develop planning and monitoring tools, and provide salaries for four staff.
2009$2,1066 months
This grant enables a staff member of Ajac to attend a convening in Mbour, Senegal, with the purpose of strengthening and improving the quality and effectiveness of community grantmaking programs.
2008$93,5511 year
This grant enables AJAC-Lukaal to provide community grants and technical assistance to 12 rural women’s groups in Casamance in order to consolidate and expand their farming activities. These include the construction of new wells, the creation of irrigation systems, and the installation of protective fencing for cultivated areas. The groups will receive training in organic farming techniques, as well as financial and project management. The grant will also support the development of AJAC-Lukaal’s community grantmaking program by covering the salary and related costs for a program manager.
2007$48,7551 year
This grant is for AJAC-Lukaal to provide community grants and technical assistance to seven rural women’s groups in Casamance to increase their agricultural productivity, improve their farming techniques, operate a solar water pump, and increase their financial and project management skills.
2006$7,8381 year
This grant enables AJAC-Lukaal to provide technical assistance, follow-up and coordination for its community grants to rural women’s groups. It also enables AJAC-Lukaal to conduct an organizational review with its member groups and develop a three-year action plan for its own governance, support of member groups and the creation of sustainable communities.
2006$9,2231 year
This grant enables two representatives from AJAC-Lukaal to attend the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya and to network with other organizations that work with rural women in post-conflict areas.
2006$11,0001 year
This grant enables AJAC-Lukaal to make community grants to two rural women’s groups in rural Casamance. The women are returning to their villages to revive their farming and build a better way of life for their families and communities.

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