The Joliba Trust

The Joliba Trust, which Tamar Organics supports with an annual donation, are a small but active charity based in central Mali where they help to fund agricultural, horticultural and environmental projects.

About The Joliba Trust 

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Joliba supports grassroots development work with farming and cattle-raising communities in Mali. Their focus is on projects to help women, and environmental work to sustain rural livelihoods. They have worked with rural people in Mali since 1984 and established a fund which became the Joliba Trust in 1992. Their work is managed by local partners.

‘Joliba’ is the local name for the River Niger, and means ‘riches of life’. Joliba funds self-help development work in over 200 villages.
Their projects include training in maternal health and nutrition; environmental work to sustain livelihoods and improve food security; tree planting, pasture regeneration, dune stabilisation, and the provision of wells and water.

Joliba’s work has very low administrative costs both in the UK and in Mali. Over 95% of thier funds are spent directly on field projects. Mali is the largest country in West Africa (the size of France and Spain combined) and is made up mainly of arid plains bordering the Sahara desert.

Mali is known for its rich culture, the warmth and friendliness of its people, and for cities like Timbuktu, which has one of the earliest universities in the world. Mali is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Most people live from the land as farmers and cattle-herders. It has become much more difficult to make a living because of desertification and climate change.

Small donations make a huge difference to the people that the Joliba Trust work with. If you would like to help you can make a donation via the Joliba website – or by selecting an amount on our donation page where 100% of your donation will go directly to the Joliba Trust. You can find our donation page here