Sabab Lou has implemented the income generating project together with the partner organization Rural Development Organization (RDO) in 2011. Since then, four village communities of the Upper Baddibu district on the North Bank of the Gambia River were supported with the cultivation of vegetables. The project, with a total of 348 women and an acreage of 11 ha, reached a late stage of maturity in 2018 and was to become self-sustaining for the villages during 2019. It turned out that two villages did not meet their self-imposed objectives, so that Sabab Lou and the partner organization will not accompany them into the exit phase. The other two villages Dutabullu and Jumansar, with 256 participating women and a total of 8.5 hectares, are largely managing their gardens on their own. They have been able to increase their seasonal yields by more than 100 percent, mainly planting onions, tomatoes, bitter tomatoes, aubergines and cabbage, lettuce and sweet pepper in 2018 and also provide sufficient reserves for the maintenance and repair of the equipment.
This positive development is most of all caused by the adoption of soil improvement measures, organic fertilization and crop rotation. The women of the two remaining villages in the project have implemented such measures and they have been rewarded for doing so. The average income per participant increased by almost three times. A success that speaks for itself. For Sabab Lou, the time has come to leave the villages depending on themselves. They are to be accompanied in 2019, but no active support is planned.
Worth mentioning, is the decline in the number of migrations in the project villages to 0 in 2018. The development is to some extent due to the prospects created in the villages. However, to a considerable extent it is also the widespread knowledge of the dangers and the hopelessness of illegal migration. The terrible conditions in Libyan camps and the difficult or even blocked aid operations on the Mediterranean are now also known in the remotest villages. But the real problem, the global gap between rich and poor, has not been solved. As far as migration is concerned, the last word is far from being spoken.