My name’s Dave and I am served in The Peace Corps from July 2009 – 2011 in Mali as a Small Enterprise Development volunteer. I worked with a women’s cooperative that produces Shea butter called “Si Nafa” which means “benefits of Shea.” I helped build a restaurant (unfortunately not enough demand) and constructed a granary which helps the women take advantage of price differences in rice (buy rice when prices are low, hold, and then sell when rice prices are high). I also tried to help the women get better organized so they can sell Shea butter to consumers overseas by training them on better management and marketing. I have designed and purchased packaging for their Shea butter. My blog describes how I came to join The Peace Corps and my journey as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Mali.