About Me

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.


7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey David, or should i say Smyla?
    How are things going overthere.
    It was great to see all the thing you were doing for the women in Kita.
    say them hello from me.
    Conny (member of the Jumelage in Voorschoten Holland)

    • Things are going very well here. I’m working to get the women better organized so they can start looking for sponsors who can help them with their Shea business. I hope you made it back to Holland safely.

  2. Dave – when do you COS? I’m coming to Bamako in August (inshallah) with my family, and would like to get in touch with some PCVs if possible.

    • Bruce,

      Unfortunately I will be COSing end of June but if there was a particular reason you’d like to speak to PCVs I’d be more than happy to assist you.

  3. Hi Dave – I just want to get in touch with the local PCV community (particularly Volunteers based in Bamako) as my family and I will be living in Bamako for the coming academic year. If you can recommend anyone who’ll be staying on through 2012, please use my e-mail address posted on my own wordpress blog to get in touch. Thanks!

  4. Hi Dave,
    A long time ago (febr) we met. I am the other one of the Jumelage Voorschoten-kita. I think you are back now, but do you have a blog-name or email of one of the PCV who is working in Kita on the moment?
    I would like to have a contact there who is using internet more than the people I met in Kita are mostly doing.
    I hope to here something from you. All the best with you.
    Greetings, Jaap Booij (Voorschoten, Nederland)

  5. Hi Dave,

    I would like to thank you for all your help to the Malian people. I’m a Malian American, I do many trade shows in the US. If I can help you with anything to find the market for the cooperative please let me know

    Bless you


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