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In 1990, Aywa started providing technical training to Senegalese students in wood/metal work, textiles, and other handicrafts at its compound in Malika, Senegal, and supported those trainees in marketing and business development. A number of Senegalese-owned businesses have been incubated by the program, including Malika Monkeys, an artisan handicraft brand with distribution through stores in Dakar and direct sales around the world, and the Malika Surf Camp, a renowned international surf school and bed and breakfast which was founded by an Aywa program graduate.

In 2008, Aywa’s focus shifted from tourism-oriented activities toward the incubation of technologies and solutions relating to energy, water, and agriculture. That year, Aywa was awarded a grant from the World Bank Development Marketplace to develop an outboard motor that would increase mobility and access to markets for farmers along the Sine-Saloum River. As part of the project, Aywa also planted hundreds of Jatropha trees to test the viability of producing Jatropha seed oil to be used as an alternative fuel for the motor.

Since 2010, Aywa has hosted individuals and groups of design students from organized university programs around the world. Development pilots and design projects have been incubated as a result of planned program activities, but also through the fortuitous interactions that inevitably arise among participants from different focus areas in any given semester.

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Senior Design Project Student at the University of Cincinnati – For engineers & designers utilize the network and facilities of Malika to design a product that is applicable in the local context – see attached for the project details – she is designing a stool made from recycled plastic.

Cultural Exchange

BBA student at University of Ohio – This is a Senegalese guy that has been studying the value chain for Balanite a seed that, when pressed, has been used in traditional medicine and for cosmetics.  He spent last summer analyzing the supply chain and testing equipment for decorticating, cracking, and pressing.  He is now looking at potential customers for balanite oil.  I am attaching a presentation that summarizes his findings.

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Aywa's headquarters are located on roughly five acres of land in Malika along a main road from Dakar. (the exact coordinates of the compound are: N14 47.660 W17 20.105) The main building contains four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, dining room, and a classroom. Behind the main house is a second 3-bedroom house with kitchen, living room, and handicraft store. There are also three small sleeping huts on the western edge of the property.

The Aywa compound offers a number of recreational facilities including a swimming pool, basketball court, and bocci court. Various tropical plants including a variety of fruit trees grow throughout the grounds among a kitchen garden, stables, and a poultry house. Aywa's main workshop contains equipment for wood/metal work and welding. A small pick-up truck and SUV offer transportation to project areas and other offsite opportunities.

The compound was established in the early 1980s by a pioneering linguist and missionary named Eric Church, who was the first person to translate the bible into Wolof, one of Senegal's primary languages (see academic work here) In the late 1980s, Eric sold the land to the Bode family which currently owns the property. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of people from around the world have used the Malika compound for spiritual retreats, academic research, humanitarian work, and vacation time.

Dozens of young people have also benefited from the vocational training program that began in the mid-1990s.

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Senior Design Project Student at the University of Cincinnati - For engineers & designers utilize the network and facilities of Malika to design a product that is applicable in the local context - see attached for the project details - she is designing a stool made from recycled plastic. 

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