Give a Man a fish and you feed his for a day; teach a Man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," Maimonides


The Japplante Group

"We lift each other up"

The Japplante Group is made up of eight women who have been funded for a micro loan of $1,00. What they do is reflected in their name which means, "We lift each other up". With the loan they received, these extraordinary women established the hen house project  and began with 200 baby chickens. Their first cycle ended during Ramadan when they sold chickens to the community. They were also given a deep freezer to use to provide finances. This freezer was purchased from the Citi Radio School and was originally purchased to use in their hen house. Due to their inability to receive electricity in the hen house, the freezer had not been used. Since the start of this Hen House Project, the have had 12 cycles of raising chickens and are now starting to raise egg laying chickens.


The Jappalente Group met in a visioning session to discuss plans for a Skills Center. They came up with many ideas of how they would like their center look and the functioning possibilities. President, Ann Dillard, also shared with them outlines from the students at Citi Radio School which was designed very similarly to what they envisioned. The center will include an early childhood program, areas to produce their crafts as well as other items for their business. There will also be a multi- purpose room, which will be rented out for functions, similarly to a banquet hall. There will be a store, for point of sale. The mayor has donated a plot of land for the building of this Skill/Community Center. They are now in the process of getting the blueprints drawn up and estimated from three builders. The next step will be to conduct a fundraising campaign for the building of this Skill/Community Center, where they will continue to flourish as they demonstrate the mission of Project Safety Nets: "Creating and providing resources that offer a sustainable support system for citizens of developing communities, through education, health, and economic development".

The Japplante Women

The Japplante Women now provide micro loans to members of their association. To date, 28 of the 40 women have received loans. They meet on the 7th of each month to conduct their transactions of receiving or repaying their loans. The women have  have also established sustainable business by purchasing and renting chairs for events. In 2017, they purchased and added an outside tent to this stream of income. Customers are asked to leave a deposit along with their ID when renting equipment. They are charged for loss and broken items.

Empowering the Future

Project Safety Nets has established a 5-year partnership with Minneapolis College of Arts and Design’s (MCAD) Aesthetics and Sustainability students to create a new sustainable journey for the students at Citi Radio by providing opportunities for skill development that will benefit students and their families. MCAD has moved on to help design the Skills Center for the Jappalente  Group of women.

We have also established the Hen House Project at the Cite Radio Elementary School-students purchase, raise, process, and sell chickens to local residents and businesses. This program is now  apart of the school’s curriculum where students who may not continue to high school have the opportunity to learn transferable skills. Money from the Hen House Project goes to replenish school supplies for the entire student body in addition to a deep freezer that was  purchased to help preserve the chicken until sale.

The Fulani Village

Over the years, we have visited the Fulani Village at Bounaba. Assane Ba is the Chief of the village. Project Safety Nets delivers mosquito bed nets to the village each year, along with rice, soap, medical supplies, vitamins, and personal care items. We have recently added anti-parasitic medication to our contribution to help keep the children healthy. We have also offered financial support for women who are growing their Millet business. There were several medical missions held at the village over the years. Hundreds of People received medical care from American and Senegalese doctors. The residents of the village also have been given used eyeglasses from time to time. Over the years, team members have been hosted for an authentic naming ceremony at the village. It brings joy to each member to be given an African name.

The Twin Cities

In the Twin Cities President, Ann Dillard met a woman Jessica, who has adopted a baby from and orphanage in Senegal after her work as a Peace Corp member. For the past few years Calvin and his brother Oscar have held an Art Crawl Fundraiser to provide finances to this orphanage and to purchases mosquito bed nets for residents in Senegal. So far, they have donated close to $4,000. When in Senegal, Project Safety Nets delivers the money to the orphanage from which Calvin was adopted. They are always excited to see pictures of him and his family. They have also begun to write pen pal letters to students at Citi Radio Elementary School.

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