The Gambia

Working with people living in rural communities of the Gambia.

  •  05/10/2023 19:30
  • Location: To Be Announced

In October 2023, you cannot miss the Dinner Dance of the Groundnut Association to which friends, relatives, and all those who follow us or who want to know us are warmly invited.

  •  07/11/2019 19:30
  •   Francesco Forti Ricevimento

On Thursday, 7th November 2019 , Do not miss our first fundraiser dinner dance !! Please send an email to book at

Groundnut is a new non-profit association of volunteers registered in the Gambia. It is in the process of also being registered in Italy. Through personal donations and fundraising activities, Groundnut is committed to improving the lives of rural Gambians living in poverty.

The association aims at providing villagers with quality assistance to address the challenges of their basic needs and make available some necessary tools to develop income-generating activities.  Groundnut will offer direct and sustainable support towards the priority activities of the beneficiaries with the hope that this opportunity will lead to a better quality of life in terms of increased income, higher literacy, improved health conditions and prevention of environment degradation.
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Yasmina Barka

Executive Secretary and Founder

Yasmina has worked for an International Organisation. She is the co-founder of a UN employees association named The Help Fund which has financed more than 300 small scale educational projects in developing countries.

Sana F.K. Jatta

Chairperson and Founder

Sana has retired as Director of East and Southern Africa of IFAD (UN Agency based in Rome). He is now the CEO of Jaatoli Enterprise based in the Gambia.

Susan E. Jones

Vice-Chair and Founder

Susan has worked for international organisations in Belgium, Italy and the United States. She also spent four years living in Africa. She is now retired and the author of three novels.

Alessandra Nigri

Treasurer and Founder

Alessandra is a Financial Advisor with an extensive experience in the sector. She advocates for a culture that denies all violence against women and for their economic and social empowerment

Mary Heys

Executive Member and Founder

Sabel Ndure

Executive Member and Founder

2019 - Solar Milling Machine for the Women of Sutukoba in the Gambia

this success story project has led to the creation of Groundnut Association

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2019 - Upgrade Solar mill with Battery and Inverter

Because of the raining season, the solar milling machine worked only half an hour a day. To stabilize its power, we upgraded the solar machine with a battery and an inverter. This has allowed the machine to work efficiently as the power supply is stable during low radiation conditions (clouds). The cost to upgrade the solar milling machine quoted by Gam Solar Energy was €2300.

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2020- Support to Sutukoba Rice Farms Association

In June 2020 Groundnut made a financial support of €650 to help the Rice Farmers Association of Sutukoba purchase additional Diesel for their existing water pump used to irrigate their rice field. This additional energy was needed to increase the water flow from the river which level has become very low due to the dry season

Gambian Newspaper " The Standard"

This article with the title "New Solar Milling Machine Elates Sutukoba" has been published after the inauguration on 7 September 2019 of a solar milling machine donated to a group of Women of Sutukoba, thanks to the donation from friends and Family.

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