Tommo So – a language of unimaginable value

A language is an important part of any culture, along with the identity of its people. The ability to speak, read, and write allows a community to communicate with one another and conduct business and everyday transactions. Despite being told otherwise, Sophie Sorgho learned that Tommo So, a language spoken by the Dogon people of Mali, has great value thanks to her participation in literacy classes organized by The Tandana Foundation in her village. In the following, Sophie shares her story. Continue reading “Tommo So – a language of unimaginable value”

The importance of literacy for using cellphones

Cellphones are an important means of communication for many people around the world, but being able to use them requires the ability to read what is displayed on the screens. In a recent conversation, one prospective student speaks with Kessia Kouriba, a literacy teacher for The Tandana Foundation in Mali, about her desire to take the Tommo So literacy classes in order to be able to operate her phone.  Continue reading “The importance of literacy for using cellphones”

The progress of the Savings For Change group in Dimbily

The Tandana Foundation has partnered with villages around the Bandiagara District of Mali to establish Savings For Change groups in their communities. As a result, thousands of women have benefited from the micro-loan program, including Fatouma Kouriba, who provides an update on the SFC group in Dimbily below. Continue reading “The progress of the Savings For Change group in Dimbily”

The impact of the Kilegou school garden

In April 2018, the Tandana Foundation partnered with the residents of Kilegou to create a garden at the elementary and junior high school. To support their efforts in establishing the school garden, Tandana provided the community members with a fence, tools, training, seeds, and water containers, helping to solve the water problem during the driest months. The students are now growing many vegetables, some of which they sell to earn money for their notebooks, pens, and other school supplies. Read the thoughts of the school’s director and a student about the impact of the garden below. Continue reading “The impact of the Kilegou school garden”

A trusted partner in Mali

Not every organization or individual who promises to help a group of people delivers on that promise. The Tandana Foundation, however, has earned the reputation that the organization can be trusted after continually following through on the projects it has collaborated on. In the following, Sara Tembine describes how she and other women in her village were deceived, and how her knowledge of Tandana’s work led her to argue in favor of her village partnering with Tandana on several projects. Continue reading “A trusted partner in Mali”

Finishing school, even with a baby

The Tandana Foundation’s student mothers program helps girls from rural villages in the Bandiagara District of Mali attend middle school, even if they become mothers. To go to schools in the city, girls must find families to host them, but if they get pregnant, the families usually send them back to their villages and they have to drop out of school. Through this program, Tandana trains families to explain that they can still host the students even if they are young mothers. In addition, it also provides food and basic medical supplies for the babies, so they are not an additional cost to the families. Tandana currently supports 10 student mothers, assisting them in staying in school despite the challenges of motherhood. Below one of these student mothers, Mariam Doumbo, shares the many benefits this program has offered her.
Continue reading “Finishing school, even with a baby”

Evaluating the success of our women’s program in Mali

The Women’s Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise (formerly known as the Women LEAP program,) which was launched by the Tandana Foundation with support from Dining for Women, has been highly successful. The project’s goal is to promote women’s economic independence and participation in local decision-making in the Bandiagara District of Mali by improving their literacy, numeracy, and association management, democratic governance, and leadership skills. Continue reading “Evaluating the success of our women’s program in Mali”

Hear from participants in the Women’s Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise program

The Tandana Foundation’s Women’s Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise program has touched the lives of more than 1,000 women in Mali. As the program continues to grow, thanks to its proven success, increasing demand, and support from Dining for Women, Foundation Beyond Belief, and others, it’s always nice to hear from the women who are a part of the program. The following blog contains the testimonials from three courageous women about how the Tommo So literacy and numeracy classes, leadership workshops, and Savings for Change initiatives have impacted their lives. Continue reading “Hear from participants in the Women’s Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise program”

Tandana funds six women’s association enterprises in Mali

As part of the Women’s Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise Program, the Tandana Foundation used part of a grant from Dining for Women to provide startup funding for six new women’s associations’ business proposals in the Bandiagara District of Mali. These women’s associations are now starting income-generating activities, including making nutritional seasoning balls out of néré seeds, raising sheep, transforming cotton into cloth and indigo dyeing.  Continue reading “Tandana funds six women’s association enterprises in Mali”

The roots of intercultural collaboration and friendship in Mali

Volunteers and residents of Kansongho celebrate restoration of the well

Every story of friendship has a beginning. For the Tandana Foundation and the Bandiagara District in rural Mali, the story began when Tandana’s founder Anna Taft first visited the Kansongo village in 2007. Despite initial hesitations, this friendship blossomed into a mutually beneficial relationship, creating unanticipated opportunities for intercultural learning and much more. The following blog post describes how this friendship grew into a great collaboration between the American foundation and the local community, along with the impact of their joint efforts. Continue reading “The roots of intercultural collaboration and friendship in Mali”

‘Long live the Tandana Foundation’

In rural Mali, the Tommo So literacy and numeracy classes, along with the recently launched leadership workshops, which are made possible thanks to the support from Dining for Women, continue to have extremely positive impacts on the women who participate in them. Below, three women share their stories of how these programs, which have been established in many villages by the Tandana Foundation, have changed their lives for the better and have assisted them in becoming community leaders. Continue reading “‘Long live the Tandana Foundation’”

Olouguèlemo Association launches reforestation campaign in Wadouba, Mali

Thanks to the continuous assistance and advisory support from the Tandana Foundation, the Olouguelemo Association was able to organize, for the first time, a reforestation campaign in the township of Wadouba, Mali, in partnership with the town hall.

Here are the speeches recorded during the launch ceremony of the reforestation campaign in Wadouba, which took place on August 17, 2018. Continue reading “Olouguèlemo Association launches reforestation campaign in Wadouba, Mali”

Taking risks to become female leaders

The Tandana Foundation, in collaboration with Alpha Formation Traduction et Conception Documentaire au Pays Dogon and support from Dining for Women, organized workshops about women’s leadership. During one of the workshops, after a module about the topic of the difficulties of women leaders, particularly lack of self-confidence, participant Aissata Kansaye, who was selected as the policewoman of the workshop, described one of her past struggles in order to encourage other women to take risks. Continue reading “Taking risks to become female leaders”

Reflections from Savings For Change members in Teguedou

Interested in learning what women in the  Savings For Change (SFC) program think of the impact of their participation? Below, three members from the village of Teguedou share their reflections on the  SFC program, which is a savings and credit program for women that the Tandana Foundation has helped establish in many communities in Mali. The goal of the program is to allow members to pool their savings and take out loans in order to assist them in starting or expanding micro-businesses. Continue reading “Reflections from Savings For Change members in Teguedou”

Another village asks to join the Olouguelemo Association

From April 27-28, the General Assembly of the Olouguelemo Association – funded by the Tandana Foundation – was held in Andjine Nantanga, Mali. During the General Assembly, a delegation of villagers from Biné requested permission to join the fifteen villages that were already part of the Olouguelemo Association after witnessing the successful growth of trees in nearby protected forest areas, which members of the association came together to establish and oversee. The following are comments from the Biné delegates. Continue reading “Another village asks to join the Olouguelemo Association”

What we can do now

 

Organizing in work groups. Making phone calls independently. Teaching their children to read and do math. These are a just a few examples of what three women, of the more than one thousand women who have participated in the Tommo So literacy and numeracy classes and recently launched leadership workshops, write about what what their participation in these programs – made possible thanks to support from Dining for Women,  assists them in doing. Below, those three women share their experiences before and after taking part in these programs, all of which the women asked the Tandana Foundation to help bring to their villages in rural Mali. Continue reading “What we can do now”

‘We see clearly, we hear, we walk’

After women in the village of Kansongho told the Tandana Foundation that they would like to learn literacy and numeracy skills, so that they could keep records for their businesses and be independent in the marketplace, Tandana began the Tommo So literacy program in 2012. When women in neighboring villages saw what women in Kansongho were learning, they too, asked to participate, and that demand has continued to spread. To date, Tandana has provided classes to 1,117 women in 29 villages thanks to support from Dining for Women. In 2018, the foundation added women’s leadership workshops for former literacy students from each village to its offerings and supported these leaders in creating official women’s associations. Each new association was invited to submit a proposal for an income-generating enterprise, and the ten best proposals were selected to receive funding. The following letter was written by  Assatou Goudienkile, on behalf of the women from the village of Nounou, explaining how their participation in the literacy and women’s leadership programs has helped them become self-reliant. Continue reading “‘We see clearly, we hear, we walk’”

Checking in on the Olouguelemo Association’s tree nurseries

Tree nursery managers with their seedlings.

In the rural Malian township of Wadouba, members of the Olouguelemo Association take care of tree nurseries that they established to combat the effects of deforestation and desertification. These nurseries allow them to produce new trees to be planted both in their protected forest areas and in farmers fields. Not only do the new trees benefit the environment, but they also provide fruit to the local communities. The Tandana Foundation assists the village-run association in caring for their nurseries through providing training and other resources. Below, two Olouguelemo members each describe the goals, productivity, and associated benefits of the tree nurseries they oversee. Continue reading “Checking in on the Olouguelemo Association’s tree nurseries”

Advocating for gender equality in local elections

During a series of workshops on women’s leadership sponsored by The Tandana Foundation and made possible through support from Dining for Women, participants learned how to form and lead women’s associations and also shared their experiences in leadership. In rural regions of Mali, women are rarely well represented in township councils. To encourage more women to seek these community leadership positions, Oumou Kansaye used examples from her experience in politics to inspire other women during one of the workshops. In the following, Oumou Kansaye tells her story, including desribing a speech where she argued for the equal treatment of female leaders from rural communities. Continue reading “Advocating for gender equality in local elections”

Meet Tandana’s Savings for Change Trainer

The following is the story of Tandana’s  Savings For Change (SFC) trainer Moussa Tembiné. The SFC program is a savings and credit program for women that the Tandana Foundation has helped establish in many communities in Mali. Through this program, women are able to pool their savings and take out loans to assist them in starting or expanding micro-businesses.

Continue reading “Meet Tandana’s Savings for Change Trainer”

A woman leading by example to inspire others

 

The following is a letter written by Kessia Kouriba, a teacher in the women’s literacy program sponsored by the Tandana Foundation with support from Dining for Women in partnership with the Alpha Formation Traduction et Conception Documentaire au Pays Dogon (AFTCD/PD), a technical linguistic service in Bandiagara, Mali.  Kessia highlights the importance of women taking leadership roles and overcoming traditional gender barriers, just as she has done.

Hello members and supporters of the Tandana Foundation, Continue reading “A woman leading by example to inspire others”

Joining together to keep a special teacher in rural Mali

Elé is from the village of Dianweli, about 7 km from Yarou-Plateau. He attended secondary school in Bourgouma, 3 km from his village. He is certified with a technician’s diploma (BT) from the professional school of Kayes in western Mali.

Elé composed the following passage about his experience as a subidized teacher and how the Tandana Foundation teamed with the local residents to ensure he was able to receive payment for his work and stay teaching in rural Yarou-Plateau. Continue reading “Joining together to keep a special teacher in rural Mali”

Teaching literacy to empower women in Mali

Tembel Bamia, President of the women of Assa

Being able to read words and understand numbers help women in Mali shop at the market independently and succeed in their work. The Tandana Foundation has partnered with members of 30 villages to establish literacy and numeracy classes – thanks to support from Dining for Women – that teach women to read, recognize numbers and count, improving their abilities to support their families. Below are comments from two women whose lives have changed through their participation in these classes. Continue reading “Teaching literacy to empower women in Mali”

Inside successful community environmental protection in Wadouba, Mali

To address the challenges of deforestation and desertification, 15 villages in the Wadouba Township of Mali have come together to discuss and make decisions about protecting the environment. The Tandana Foundation supports the locally-run Olouguelemo environmental protection association. The following are thoughts from two association members on how their work has benefited the community.
Continue reading “Inside successful community environmental protection in Wadouba, Mali”

Villagers praise new well in Ologuiné, Mali

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Hama Guindo, ancien secrétaire général de la jeunesse de Ologuiné: aujourd’hui, si vous me demandez de parler mon impression de ce puits, je ne vais pas finir maintenant. Avant la population d’Ologuiné vivais d’eau de rivières ou dans les marres qui se trouvent dans le jardin de maraichage, les animaux du village de Ologuiné, Orsongho, Kani Gogouna et Gagnaga tous venaient boire dans ses rivières et aussi c’est un lieu où les femmes font leur lessive. Continue reading “Villagers praise new well in Ologuiné, Mali”

Olouguelemo Association Committee Members Reflect on its Environmental Initiatives

Olouguelemo committee members

The Olouguelemo Environmental Association, with which Tandana has partnered since its inception, is made up of 15 member villages in Mali. Each member village selects committee members, who represent their village at meetings of the whole association. Continue reading “Olouguelemo Association Committee Members Reflect on its Environmental Initiatives”

Respect and Responsibility Bring About Positive Change

A volunteer connecting with a villager in Mali

In May 2017, The Tandana Foundation held a fundraising event. Tandana’s Founding Director, Anna Taft, spoke at the event. Below is the text of her speech. Continue reading “Respect and Responsibility Bring About Positive Change”

Students thankful for opportunities that have grown from school garden in De, Mali

School garden in De, Mali

Below are videos of two students and the school director talking about the school garden in De, Mali. Continue reading “Students thankful for opportunities that have grown from school garden in De, Mali”

Savings for Change Program Opens New Lives for Women

 

A Savings for Change Group Member

Voici quelques commentaires des femmes participants au programme Epargne Pour le Changement de la Fondation Tandana dans la commune rurale d’Ondogou, au Mali. Ces commentaires sont datés du 17 mars 2017. Continue reading “Savings for Change Program Opens New Lives for Women”

Founding Director Explains Tandana’s Personal Orientation

In November 2016, The Tandana Foundation held a dinner celebrating its 10th anniversary. Anna Taft, Tandana’s Founding Director, spoke at the dinner. Below is the text of her speech. Continue reading “Founding Director Explains Tandana’s Personal Orientation”

Indigo Bank Unites Women from Three Villages

the indigo bank management committee
The Indigo Bank Management Committee

Les Femmes de la communauté d’Ondougou, au Mali, teignent le tissu à l’indigo comme activité principale, activité réservée aux femmes d’une tradition particulière.  Elles cherchaient un accès plus facile aux matériaux utilisés dans le procédé de teinture, ainsi que la capacité d’acheter ceux-ci à crédit. Tandana les a aidées à créer une banque d’indigo, afin de gérer un fonds renouvelable pour l’achat de ces matériaux. Tandana leur a également fourni une formation concernant certaines autres techniques, afin que la teinture indigo traditionnelle reste compétitive vis à vis des procédés chimiques, plus dangereux et dont la popularité augmente dans la région, ainsi que pour leur permette d’exercer leur activité de teinture en toute sécurité. Elles ont choisi un comité de sept femmes pour gérer la banque, et les membres de ce comité ont reçu une formation en gestion et tenue des dossiers.  Ayant complété une session de cours d’alphabétisation de Tandana en langue Tommo So,  les femmes membres du comité ont donc été bien équipées pour assumer une telle responsabilité. Voir ci-dessous quelques commentaires des participants.

Women in Ondougou Township, Mali, dye cloth with indigo as their major business, which is reserved for women of a particular heritage. They wanted to have more access to the materials they use in the dyeing process and the ability to purchase them on credit. Tandana helped them create an indigo bank to manage a revolving fund for the materials they use. Tandana also provided training for them in additional dyeing techniques to help them keep traditional indigo-dyeing competitive with the more dangerous chemical dyeing-processes that are becoming popular in the region and to do their dyeing safely. They chose a committee of seven women to manage the bank, and the committee members received training in management and record-keeping. Because they had completed a session of Tandana’s Tommo So literacy classes, the committee members were well-equipped to take on this responsibility.  Below, you can see comments from some of the participants.

Las mujeres en el municipio de Ondougou, Mali, tiñen ropa con índigo, siendo su negocio más importante, el cual se reserva para mujeres de cierta herencia. Estas mujeres querían tener mayor acceso a los materiales que usan en el proceso de teñido y capacidad para comprarlos a plazos. Tandana les ayudó a crear un banco de índigo para gestionar un fondo rotativo de los materiales que utilizan. Tandana también les proporcionó formación en técnicas de teñido para ayudarles así, a mantener una condición favorable del teñido tradicional de índigo con el proceso químico más peligroso que se está popularizando en la región, haciendo el teñido de forma segura. Eligieron un comité de siete mujeres para gestionar el banco y recibieron formación en la gestión y registro. Ya que completaron la sesión de Tandana de clases de alfabetización de Tommo So, las pertenecientes al comité fueron bien preparadas para hacerse cargo de esta responsabilidad. Aqui en debajo se puede ver unas reflexiones de algunas participantes.

Mariam Yanogo:
Mariam Yanogo

Mariam Yanogo:

Je suis la présidente de cette association, d’abord mon remerciement  a vous, Moussa et Yembila, c’est grâce à vous nous retrouvons ici. Sans mentir je dis au fond de mon cœur, ces  trois villages (Kondiougou, Indell, Guinekanda), nous travaillons des mêmes activités mais on n’a jamais collaboré ensemble pour donner des idées et travailler en équipe et si vous voyez qu’aujourd’hui nous sommes ensemble c’est grâce au financement de la Fondation Tandana et ses partenaires. Selon mon information, le 1er magasin de stockage des produits de teinture dans le cercle de Bandiagara donc nous avons eu une grande chance pour avoir ce magasin  et avec cette grâce nous allons montrer  à la Fondation Tandana ce qu’on peut faire.

Mariam Yanogo:

I am the president of this association. First of all, thank you Moussa and Yembila (the trainer). It is thanks to you that we are here. Without lying, I can tell you from the bottom of my heart, these three villages (Kondiougou, Indell, Guinekanda), we worked on the same activities without ever collaborating or sharing ideas with one another before, and if you see us together today, it is thanks to the financial support of The Tandana Foundation and its partners. According to my information, this is the first warehouse for indigo dye products in Bandiagara District. As such, we have had the great luck to have this indigo bank and with that blessing, we will show The Tandana Foundation what we can do.

Mariam Yanogo:

Soy la presidenta de esta asociación. Antes de todo, gracias Moussa y Yembila (el instructor). Es gracias a vosotros que estemos aquí. Sin mentir, os puedo decir desde el fondo de mi corazón, estas tres aldeas (Kondiougou, Indell, Guinekanda), hemos trabajamos en las mismas actividades sin colaborar nunca antes ni compartir ideas , y si nos ves juntos hoy, es gracias a el ayuda  financiera de la Fundación Tandana y sus compañeros. De acuerdo con mi información,  este es el primer almacén para productos de teñido índigo en Bandiagara. Y siendo así, hemos tenido la grandísima suerte de tener este banco de índigo y con esta bendición, le enseñaremos a la Fundación Tandana lo que podemos hacer.

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Ramata Balam, Gestionnaire du magasin de stockage de teinture:

Pour moi, c’est une grande histoire. Après mes études en comptabilité c’est la première fois de faire mon expérience en comptabilité. Je suis de Guinekanda et marié à Kondiougou, Après les études je me suis marié dans ce village et je pense souvent pourquoi j’ai étudié parce que j’ai tendance à oublier mes notions à 100%  je suis devenue une ménagère. Aujourd’hui grâce à vous et à la Fondation Tandana, je me sent que je suis utile et je commence à mettre en pratique mes études. Franchement je suis contente de cette initiative et c’est ma première fois de voir les femmes de ces trois villages réunir et travailler ensemble. Je vous demande d’être près de nous et c’est un début, nous n’avons pas d’expérience en gestion et c’est  une nouvelle équipe.

Ramata Balam, Manager of the indigo bank:

For me it has been a long journey to get to this point. Since I finished studying accounting, this is the first time I have done accounting work. I am from Guinekanda and married to a man from Kondiougou. After my studies, I got married in this village and have often questioned why I studied because I have almost forgotten what I studied, for lack of using it. I became a housewife. Today, thanks to you, The Tandana Foundation, I feel that I am useful and I have started to put into practice all that I have studied. Honestly, I am happy with this initiative and it is the first time I have seen the women from these three villages working together and united. I ask you to stay close to us since this is just the beginning. We do not have experience in management and are a new team.

Ramata Balam, Gerente del banco de índigo:

Para mí, llegar hasta este punto ha sido un largo camino. Desde que terminé de estudiar contabilidad, esta es la primera vez que trabajo como contable. Soy de Guinekanda y estoy casada con un hombre de Kondiougou. Después de mis estudios, me casé en este pueblo y me he cuestionado frecuentemente porqué he estudiado ya que he olvidado casi todo lo que estudié, por no utilizarlo. Me convertí en una ama de casa. Hoy, gracias a vosotros, la Fundación Tandana,  siento que soy útil y he empezado a poner en práctica lo que había estudiado. Honestamente, estoy contenta con esta iniciativa y  es la primera vez que veo a las mujeres de estas tres aldeas trabajando juntas y unidas. Os pido que os quedéis cerca nuestro ya que esto es solo el comienzo. No tenemos experiencia en gestión y somos un equipo nuevo.

Anta Napo:
Anta Napo

Anta Napo:

Je suis la trésorière, moi personnellement je ne pensais pas que ces trois villages allaient travailler ensemble, cher partenaire de notre association, la manière dont vous avez eu l’idée de nous soutenir avec les  produits naturelles bio, permet de pérenniser les anciennes pratiques et  beaucoup d’entre nous les jeunes filles ne savent pas ces pratiques donc c’est une forte opportunité à nous les jeunes et nous  comptons sur vous nuit et jour.

Anta Napo:

I am the treasurer. Personally, I never thought these three villages would work together. Dear partners, your idea to support us with natural, organic products has permitted us to perpetuate our ancient practices. Many of the young girls among us did not know of these methods and so it is a great opportunity for us and for the younger generation. We count on you night and day.

Anta Napo:

Soy la tesorera. Personalmente, nunca pensé que estas tres aldeas trabajarían juntas. Queridos compañeros, vuestra idea de apoyarnos con productos naturales y orgánicos nos ha permitido perpetuar nuestras prácticas ancestrales. Muchas de las chicas jóvenes no conocían estos métodos y por lo tanto es una oportunidad magnífica tanto para nosotros como para la generación joven. Contamos en vosotros día y noche.

Kansongho Community Orchard Has Become Like a Forest

Kansongho Community Garden
Kansongho Community Orchard

 

Nouhoum Tembiné:

I would like to express my thanks to the Tandana Foundation through Anna who is the founder of this NGO. For anyone who knew the land of Kansongho before, which was empty, and who sees today this greenery close to the village, this is definitely not something that we see anywhere in the township. This is a great success.

Also, the trees which are here, the different trees (I am not talking about the children) even the elderly people didn’t know they existed and thanks to God, they have the opportunity to see and eat the fruits of those trees. This is a real success. We would like to thank the Foundation for this initiative.

There is never too much initiative. As the President and the others speakers just said, we rely now on the Tandana Foundation for the sustainability of these activities.

And as the President just said, this year, the rainy season has not been very good so we rely on the Tandana Foundation for its support.

We would like to thank the Tandana Foundation.

We wish you success in the continuation of your activities.

 

Nouhoum Tembiné:

Mes  remerciements à la Fondation Tandana à travers Anna qui est l’initiateur de cette ONG. Pour qui connait la parcelle de Kansongo dans le temps, qui était vide et qui voit aujourd’hui cette verdure à côté même du village, c’est vraiment quelque chose que l’on ne voit pas dans toutes les localités de la commune.  Ça c’est vraiment un atout.

Et puis encore, les arbres qui sont là, les différents  arbres (ne parlons pas des enfants) même les personnes âgées ne connaissaient même pas l’existence même ces arbres et Dieu merci , Dieu leur a donné la chance de voir et de consommer les fruits  de ces arbres. Ca c’est vraiment un atout. Nous remerçions la Fondation pour cette initiative.

L’initiative n’est jamais trop. Comme vient de dire le Président et les autres intervenants, nous  nous comptons maintenant sur la Fondation Tandana pour la pérennisation de ses activités.

Et comme vient de dire le Président, cette année, l’hivernage n’a pas été tellement  ça donc nous comptons aussi sur la Fondation Tandana pour ses appuis.

Nous remercions la fondation Tandana

Bonne continuation de ces activités

 

Nouhoum Tembiné:

Quisiera expresar mi agradecimiento a la Fundación Tandana a través de Anna, que es la fundadora de esta ONG. Para cualquiera que conociera la tierra de Kansongho antes, que estaba vacía, y que hoy ve esta zona verde cerca del pueblo, esto definitivamente no es algo que vemos en todos los lugares de la parroquia. Esto es una gran oportunidad.

Además, los árboles que están aquí, los árboles diferentes (no estoy hablando de los niños), incluso los mayores no sabían que existían y gracias a Dios tuvieron la oportunidad de ver y comer los frutos de esos árboles. Esto es una oportunidad real. Nos gustaría agradecer a la Fundación con esta iniciativa.

Nunca hay demasiada iniciativa. Como ha dicho el Presidente y los demás vocales, confiamos ahora en la Fundación Tandana por la sostenibilidad de sus actividades.

Como acaba de decir el Presidente, este año, el invierno no ha sido muy bueno, así que confiamos en la Fundación Tandana por su apoyo.

Nos gustaría agradecerle todo de la Fundación Tandana.

Le deseamos éxito en la continuación de sus actividades.

 

Seydou Tembine, interim chief of the village of Kansongho:

On behalf of the village, we thank you. May God give a long life to this collaboration. There are a lot of trees to protect. We pray for your return to Mali.

Seydou Tembiné chef du village par intérim:

Au nom du village, nous n’avons rien de plus à dire, nous pouvons que vous remercié et que Dieu nous donne une longue vie dans la collaboration. Il y a beaucoup des arbres à protéger, prions pour votre visite au Mali.

Seydou Tembine, jefe interino de la aldea de Kansongho:

En nombre del pueblo, les damos las gracias. Que Dios bendiga una larga vida a esta colaboración. Hay muchos árboles para proteger. Oramos por su regreso a Malí.

 

Ando Tembine, President of the Olouguelemo  Association and President of the garden of fruit trees of Kansongho:

We would like to thank the Tandana Family. With the OLOUGUELEMO Association, we are making progress and we value the garden: we thank Anna and the Tandana Team. May God lead us in all our activities with a lot of courage. For now, what we want is water. During the dry season, there is a water crisis. The trees are valuable in this village. The trees need water during the dry season and the rainy season. We don’t want to draw water from the well every time. If only we had a tap inside the garden, there would be more water. So we rely on you and on the kind donors.

We thank all our friends who came to Mali. We all pray for a return of peace in Mali and that we see you again. This year, the rainy season has not been good. Worms have attacked the millet. Please don’t forget us over there.

We thank God for your meeting with Moussa and Housseyni. They brought your greetings. May God bring the day we will see you again in the village. Long live Tandana and its partners. Thank you.

 

Ando Tembiné, Président de l’association Olouguelemo et président de jardin arbre fruitier de Kansongho 

Nous remercions la Famille TANDANA, avec l’association OLOUGUELEMO nous avançons beaucoup et le jardin arbre a beaucoup de valeur, nous disons merci Anna et l’équipe de Tandana que Dieu nous guide dans toutes nos activités avec beaucoup de courage. Ce que nous voulons c’est l’eau pendant la saison sèche il y a la crise d’eau si non les arbres ont beaucoup de valeur dans ce village. Les arbres ont besoin d’eau pendant la saison sèche plus l’hivernage, chaque fois nous ne voulons pas puiser dans le puis, si on avait un robinet a l’intérieur du jardin il allait bien donner de plus. Donc nous comptons a vous et au bon donateur.

Nous remercions tous nos amis qui étais venus au Mali, prions tous pour que la paix revienne au Mali et un jour on va se retrouver. Cette année l’hivernage n’a pas été bonne, les vers on brouter le mil. De ce cote aussi il ne faut pas nous oublier, nous remercions le seigneur pour la rencontre  de Moussa et Housseyni et ils nous ont apporté de votre salutation et que Dieu nous montre le jour pour la rencontre avec le village. Vive la Tandana et ses partenaires merci.

 

Ando Tembine, Presidente de la Asociación Olouguelemo y Presidente del jardín de árboles frutales de Kansongho:

Nos gustaría dar las gracias a la familia Tandana. Con la Asociación OLOUGUELEMO, estamos progresando y valoramos el jardín: damos las gracias a Anna y el Equipo de Tandana. Que Dios nos guíe en todas nuestras actividades con mucho coraje. Por ahora, lo que queremos es agua. Durante la estación seca, hay una crisis de agua. Los árboles son muy valiosos en este pueblo. Los árboles necesitan agua durante la estación seca y la estación lluviosa. No queremos sacar agua del pozo cada vez. Si tuviéramos un grifo dentro del jardín, habría más agua. Así que confiamos en usted y las donaciones.

Damos las gracias a todos nuestros amigos que vinieron a Malí. Todos rezamos por el regreso de la paz en Malí y que nos vemos de nuevo. Este año, la temporada de lluvias no ha sido buena. Los gusanos han atacado el mijo. Por favor no nos olviden allí.

Damos las gracias a Dios por su encuentro con Moussa y Housseyni. Ellos trajeron sus saludos. Que Dios bendiga el día que nos veremos de nuevo en el pueblo. Viva Tandana y sus socios. Gracias.

 

Mr. Samba Tembine:

Since they started to come to the village, it was an immediate success. If you look at the situation now, the Tandana Foundation has made a big difference to the majority of the population of Wadouba. Even myself, I never thought that we would have the chance to have gardens and that someone could give me fruits coming from a tree. Since the founding of Kansongho, this is unprecedented.  But now, a lot of people have discovered the trees and the garden has become like a forest. Long live TANDANA and its partners. All the activities are going well at the moment: the wells, the workshops.

The people just passing through talk about our garden and about the wells. Before we had a big issue but today, thanks to The Tandana Foundation, everything is fine. Kansongho didn’t forget about you but we cannot repay you. May God help us!

I greet Anna and her friends, her parents and partners.

 

Bah Samba Tembine:

Quand ils sont commencé a venir  dans le village il y a su du succès, quand tu regardes aujourd’hui la Fondation Tandana à beaucoup fais des biens au moins la majorité de la commune de Wadouba. Moi en personne je ne pensais pas si aujourd’hui on allait avoir la chance d’avoir des jardins et je ne pensais pas si quelqu’un peut me donner les fruits d’arbres, Depuis que Kansongho a été fondé on a jamais vue, c’est maintenant Kansongho est fondé parce que beaucoup de gens ont fait la découverte des arbres et c’est devenu comme foret, vive TANDANA et ses partenaires. Toutesles activités se passent bien pour le moment : les puits les magasins.

Les etrangers, en passant il parlent de notre jardin et du puits avant on avait un grand problème mais aujourd’hui grace à la Fondation Tandana, ca va bien. Kansongho il ne vous a  pas oublié mais nous n’avons pas le moyen de vous donner  quelque chose, que Dieu nous aide. Je salut Anna et ses amis, ses parent et partenaire.

 

Señor Samba Tembine:

Desde que comenzaron a venir a la aldea, fue un éxito inmediato. Si miramos la situación actual, la Fundación Tandana ha conseguido una gran diferencia para la mayoría de la población de Wadouba. Yo mismo, nunca pensé que tendríamos la oportunidad de tener jardines y que alguien podría darme frutas procedentes de un árbol. Desde la fundación de Kansongho, esto es sin precedentes. Pero ahora, mucha gente ha descubierto los árboles y el jardín se ha convertido en un bosque. Viva TANDANA y sus socios. Todas las actividades van bien en este momento: los pozos y los talleres.

La gente que pasa habla sobre nuestro jardín y sobre los pozos. Antes teníamos un gran problema, pero hoy, gracias a la Fundación Tandana, todo está bien. Kansongho no se ha olvidado de usted pero no podemos pagarle. ¡Que Dios nos ayude!

Saludo a Anna y sus amigos, sus padres y sus socios.

 

Mr. Bine Tembine, the former President of the garden of fruit trees of Kansongho:

I would like to thank everyone.  Even if the elders who have done so much for the village of Kansongho are no longer with us, we can’t forget what they have done for us.

Everyone in the village knows the importance of this garden.

Please thank your friends and partners.

 

Bah Biné Tembiné : l’ex-président de jardin arbre fruitier de Kansongho:

Je  remercie tout le monde, même si vous ne trouvez pas les anciens vieux qui ont beaucoup fait pour le village de Kansongho, il ne faut pas oublier aussi derrière de ces gens et le village est là tout le monde connais l’importance de ce jardin. Tu diras à tes amis, partenaires et de bonne volonté Merci.

 

Señor. Bine Tembine, ex presidente del jardín de árboles frutales de Kansongho:

Me gustaría dar las gracias a todos. Si los mayores que hicieron mucho para nuestra comunidad ya no están con nosotros, no debemos olvidar lo que han hecho para nosotros.

Todos en el pueblo saben la importancia de este jardín.

Por favor, agrádeselo a tus amigos y compañeros.

 

Participant and Dyeing Expert Both Praise Indigo Bank Supported by Tandana

the indigo bank management committee
the indigo bank management committee

 

Fatoumata Kamia en rouge
Fatoumata Kamia en rouge

Fatoumata Kamia, Indel, Mali

Je m’appelle Fatoumata Kamia ménagère et teinturière traditionnelle dans le village d’Indel commune rurale d’Ondogou.

J’ai héritée ce métier de teinture de mes parents car au Pays Dogon ce métier est  réservé aux femmes de castes et il est interdit aux femmes de la famille noble. J’exerce ce métier il y’a 34 ans de cela. Mais depuis la crise qui a affectée le Mali, notre revenu a considérablement beaucoup diminué et nous les femmes teinturières nous n’arrivons plus a avoir le moyen de payer les matériaux de notre métier.

Aujourd’hui c’est grand jour pour nous, grâce à la Fondation Tandana, nous pouvons relancer  nos activités sans stop avec l’aide de ce magasin de stockage.

Vous savez, Moussa Housseyni, ici on nous prête pas de l’argent à cause de notre statut sociale car nous considéré comme une classe inférieure et homme de caste donc ce projet va non seulement nous permettre de relancer nos activités mais nous rendre indépendant socialement et économiquement.

Je vous demande de transmettre a la Fondation Tandana mes vives remerciements et reconnaissances au nom de toutes les femmes teinturières de nous rehausser sur le plan sociale car c’est la première fois dans la commune d’Ondogou qu’un projet a été initié pour nous les femmes teinturières traditionnelles et classe castes.  La Fondation est comme un envoyé de Dieu, les yeux qui lit les pensées des personnes très pauvre et non considérées pour comprendre leurs besoins et  leur guider à la résolution de ces besoins.

 

Yembila dit Seydou Sagara

Je m’appelle Yembila dit Seydou Sagara teinturier traditionnel bio et formateur en teinture  à indigo à Bandiagara. Je suis  membre acteur traducteur, régisseur du film intitulé « les Dames de couleurs ».

Je suis chargé de recherche du livre « Teinture Dogon »

Je suis actuellement président association des Teinturiers Traditionnels au Pays Dogon  « GALA- DOGON » est fondée sur les principes d’union, de solidarité et d’entraide mutuelle.

Elle regroupe toutes les teinturières du cercle de Bandiagara et une  partie de la falaise du cercle de Bankass.

Teinture indigo
Teinture indigo

Elle a pour objectifs:

  • Défendre les principes fondamentaux de la confrérie des teinturiers traditionnels des pagnes Dogon et l’espèce IndigoferaArrecta qui en voie de disparitionau Pays Dogon.
  • Restaurer les valeurs traditionnelles et culturelles de la teinture d’indigo bio au Pays Dogon.
  • Promouvoir les activités des teinturiers traditionnels par l’acquisition de nouvelles techniques de promotion et de marketing des produits bio teintés traditionnellement.
  • Assurer la pratiquede la teinture sans danger et respecter les mesures de la protection de l’environnement.

En tan que formateur en technique de teinter sans danger aux femmes membre du comité de gestion du magasin de stockage des matériels de teinture dans la commune d’Odongou, je ne peux rester sans saluer le partenaire financier la Fondation Tandana qui a permis de démarrer ce projet. Ce projet est la première initiative en Pays Dogon  à l’endroit des femmes teinturières un projet concret et qui vient au bon moment. J’ai participé à plusieurs ateliers et formations en teinture dans presque toutes les régions du Mali, mais je n’ai jamais vu un tel projet qui répond aux besoins directs des femmes teinturières de la base.

Une femme qui suit la formation
Une femme qui suit la formation

En tant que président de l’association des Teinturiers Traditionnels au Pays Dogon  « GALA- DOGON » je félicite la Fondation Tandana pour cette belle initiative et surtout l’approche d’intervenir directement avec les bénéficiaires. J’exhorte  aux femmes teinturières bénéficiaires de ce projet de bien mettre en pratique de cette formation et de bien gérer les matériels mis  à votre disposition afin qu’on puisse un jour parler de bon résultat de ce projet et donner la chance aux autres teinturières.

Je sollicite encore à la Fondation Tandana d’étendre ce projet dans les autres communes de Bandiagara et Bankass afin que toutes les teinturières membre de cette association bénéficient de cette belle initiative.

Le formateur en teinture traditionnel en Pays Dogon

Yembila dit Seydou Sagara

 

Fatoumata Kamia, Indel, Mali.

Fatoumata Kamia in red
Fatoumata Kamia in red

I am a housewife and traditional dyer in the village of Indel in the township of Ondogou.  I inherited this line of work from my parents, since in the Dogon Country, this kind of work is reserved for women of lower caste. It is forbidden to women from noble families.  I have been doing this work for 34 years.  But since the crisis that affected Mali, our revenue has decreased considerably and we the dyers don’t have enough money to buy the materials we need for our work.  Today is a big day because thanks to the Tandana Foundation, we can continue our activities without stopping, with the help of this indigo bank.  You know that here (in Mali) people don’t lend us money because of our social status, we are seen as an inferior class.  So this project will not just allow us to restart our activities but also to be socially and economically independent.  I ask you to share my warm thanks and appreciation with the donors in the name of all the women dyers for raising us up in society, since this is the first time in Ondogou township that a project has been undertaken for us, the traditional dyers and caste women.  The Foundation is like a messenger from God whose eyes read the thoughts of people who are poor and not taken into consideration, to understand their needs and guide them in fulfilling these needs.

 

Yembila, known as Seydou, Sagara

My name is Yembila, known as Seydou, Sagara. I am a traditional dyer and trainer of organic indigo dyeing techniques in Bandiagara. I am a member, actor, translator and manager of the film entitled “Ladies of Colors”.

I am in charge of research for the book “Teinture Dogon” (“Dogon Dye”)

I am currently President of the Association of Traditional Dyers of Dogon Country, which was established on the principles of union, solidarity and mutual aid.

It includes all the dyers of the Bandiagara circle and part of the cliff of the Bankass circle.

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Yembila demonstrates indigo dyeing

It has four objectives:

  • Protect the fundamental principles of the sisterhood of traditional dyers of Dogon and the Indigofera arrecta species (Bengal indigo plant), which is endangered in Dogon Country.
  • Restore the traditional and cultural values of organic indigo dyes in Dogon Country.
  • Promote the activities of traditional dyers by the acquisition of new techniques for the promotion and marketing of traditionally-dyed organic products.
  • Assure the practice of safe dying and respect the measures of environmental protection.

As the instructor of  safe dying techniques for the women of the indigo bank management committee of Ondogou, I cannot resist greeting the financial partner The Tandana Foundation, which allowed the start of this project. This project is the first initiative in Dogon Country for the women dyers, a concrete project which comes at the right time. I have participated in several workshops and trainings in dye in almost all the regions of Mali, but I have never seen a project like this that meets the direct needs of the women dyers.

a woman attending the workshop
a woman attending the workshop

As president of the Association of Traditional Dyers of Dogon Country, I praise The Tandana Foundation for this beautiful initiative and especially the approach of interacting directly with the beneficiaries. I urge the women dyers, the beneficiaries of this project, to do their best at putting into practice what they have learned at this training, and to manage the equipment provided to you well so that we can one day speak of the good results of this project and give the chance to other dyers.

I implore the Tandana Foundation to spread this project to the other municipalities of Bandiagara and Bankass so that all the member dyers of this association can benefit from this beautiful initiative.

Instructor of traditional dying in Dogon Country

Yembila, known as Seydou, Sagara

 

 

Fatoumata Kamia, Indel, Mali

Fatoumata Kamia en rojo
Fatoumata Kamia en rojo

Soy una ama de casa y una tintorera tradicional en la aldea de Indel en el municipio de Ondogou. Heredé esta línea de trabajo de mis padres, ya que en el país de Dogon, este tipo de trabajo está reservado para las mujeres de casta baja. Está prohibido para mujeres de familias nobles. He estado haciendo este trabajo durante 34 años. Pero desde la crisis que afectó Mali, nuestros ingresos han disminuido considerablemente y las tintereras no tenemos el dinero suficiente para comprar los materiales que necesitamos para nuestro trabajo. Hoy es un día de felicidad puesto que gracias a la Fundación Tandana, podemos continuar con nuestras actividades sin parar, con la ayuda de este banco de indigo. Aquí (en Mali) la gente no nos presta dinero por nuestro estatus social, nos perciben como una clase inferior. Este proyecto no solo nos permitirá renaudar nuestras actividades sino ser independientes social y económicamente. Te pido que compartas mi sincero agradecimiento y apreciación a los donantes en nombre de todas las mujeres tintoreras por elevarnos en la sociedad, ya que esta es la primera vez en el municipio de Ondogou en la que un proyecto se ha llevado a cabo para nosotras, las tintoreras tradicionales y mujeres de casta. La Fundación es como un mensajero de Dios cuyos ojos leen los pensamientos de las personas que son pobres y no tomadas en consideración, para comprender sus necesidades y guiarlos en satisfecer estas necesidades.

 

Yembila, conocido como Seydou, Sagara

Mi nombre es Yembila, conocido como Seydou, Sagara. Soy un tintorero tradicional e instructor del tinte orgánico índigo en Bandiagara. Soy miembro, actor, traductor y manager de la película llamada “Señoras de Colores”.

Estoy encargado de la investigación para el libro “Tinte Dogon”.

Actualmente soy el presidente de la Asociación de Tintoreros Tradicionales del País de Dogon, que fue establecida bajo los principios de unión, solidaridad y ayuda mutua.

Incluye todos los tintoreros del círculo de Bandiagara y parte  del círculo de Bankass.

Teñido de añil
Teñido de añil

Tiene cuatro objetivos:

  • Proteger los principios fundamentales de hermandad de los tintoreros tradicionales de Dogon y de la especie Indigofera arrecta (planta Bengal indigo), que está en peligro en el país de Dogon.
  • Restaurar los valores tradicionales y culturales de los tintes orgánicos índigos en el país de Dogon.
  • Promocionar las actividades de los tintoreros tradicionales mediante la adquisición de nuevas técnicas para la promoción y marketing de los productos orgánicos teñidos de manera tradicional.
  • Asegurar la práctica de tinte segura y el respeto por las medidas de protección medioambiental.
Mujeres en la formación
Mujeres en la formación

Como instructor de técnicas de tinte seguras para las mujeres del comité de gestión del banco índigo en Odongou, no puedo quedarme sin saludar a la Fundación Tandana, quién nos permitió empezar este proyecto. Este es la primera iniciativa del país de Dogon para las mujeres tintoreras, un proyecto concreto que aparece en el momento adecuado. He participado en diversos talleres y formaciones sobre tinte en casi todas las regiones de Mali, pero nunca había visto un proyecto como este que se ajusta a las necesidades específicas de las mujeres tintoreras. Como presidente de la Asociación de Tintoreros Tradicionales del País de Dogon, elogio a la Fundación Tandana por esta bonita iniciativa y especialmente por el enfoque de interaccionar directamente con los beneficiarios. Insto a las tintoreras, beneficiarias de este proyecto, a dar lo mejor de sí poniendo en práctica lo que han aprendido en esta formación, y a gestionar correctamente  el equipamiento proporcionado para que un día podamos hablar de los buenos resultados de este proyecto y dar la oportunidad a otros tintoreros.

Imploro a la Fundación Tandana extender este proyecto a otros municipios de Bandiagara y Bankass para que miembros tintoreros de esta asociación puedan beneficiarse también de esta magnífica iniciativa.

Instructor de teñido tradicional del país de Dogon

Yembila, conocido como Seydou, Sagara

Savings For Change Program Returns Interest to Women Members

women in a Savings for Change group meet
w0omen in a Savings for Change group meeting
Mariam Walbane
Mariam Walbane

Mariam Walbane de groupe EPC Ambagana parle de son expérience de crédit d’une banque nationale qui a ruiné les femmes du village avec un taux d’intérêt très élevé:

Je suis la présidente des femmes du village d’IndellDouh et membre de groupe EPC Ambagana. Au départ je n’étais pas d’accord avec le programme EPC parce que  avec BNDA (Banque Nationale pour le Développement de l’Agriculture) au Mali on a eu un sérieux problème pour le remboursement. A la question comment vous avez eu de problème  de remboursement avec BNDA?

Elle répondit Eh, je ne veux pas entendre le mot de banque nationale BNDA je suis désolé.

Aujourd’hui, EPC de la Fondation Tandana c’est la banque du groupe car ca nous permet de nous retrouver chaque semaine dans un même lieu et parler comment mieux se développer avec EPC en prenant des crédits dans notre propre fond. Avec les Banques l’intérêt c’est pour eux mais avec EPC l’intérêt c’est pour nous même. Merci la Fondation Tandana.

 

Hawa Tembiné
Hawa Tembiné

Hawa Tembiné:

Je suis la trésorière de mon groupe EPC, on a beaucoup souffert avec les caisses d’épargne et de crédits. Avec l’initiation de la Fondation Tandana toute les femmes du village sont fière avec ce programme EPC et aujourd’hui je viens de prendre un crédit pour trois (3) mois sans déplacer et le jour de remboursement l’intérêt reviens à nous tous.

Je suis fier d’être membre de groupe d’EPC, grâce à la fondation Tandana nous réunissons chaque semaine, on a jamais réuni de cette façon à heure précise.

 

Mariam Walbane
Mariam Walbane

Mariam Walbane of the Savings for Change group of Ambagana speaks about her experience with credit from a national bank that ruined the women of the village by charging a very high interest rate:

 I am the president of the women’s Association in Indellou Douh village and a member of the Savings for Change group of Ambagana.  At first, I did not support the Savings for Change Program because we had a serious problem with making repayments when we took loans from the BNDA (National Bank for the Development of Agriculture) in Mali.

When asked the question why did you have a problem of repayment with the BNDA, she responded:

I do not even want to hear the word national bank or BNDA. I’m sorry.

Today, the Savings for Change Program of the Tandana Foundation is the group’s bank because it allows us to meet in the same place every week and talk about how better to expand with the Savings for Change Program by taking credit from our own funds. With banks the interest is for them, but with the Savings for Change Program the interest is for us. Thank you, Tandana Foundation.

Hawa Tembiné
Hawa Tembiné

Hawa Tembiné:

I am the treasurer of my Savings for Change group. We have suffered a lot with loans from banks. With the introduction of The Tandana Foundation, all the women of the village are pleased with the Savings for Change program, and today I have just received a loan for three months. On the day of repayment, the interest returns to us all.

I am proud to be a member of the Savings for Change group. Thanks to The Tandana Foundation we come together each week. We have never gathered in this way at a regular time.

Mariam Walbane
Mariam Walbane

Mariam Walbane del grupo Ahorros por el Cambio de Ambagana habla de su experiencia con créditos de un banco nacional que arruinaron a muchas mujeres de la aldea por cobrarles una tase de interés muy alta:

Soy la presidenta de la Asociación de mujeres en el pueblo de Indellou Douh y miembro del grupo Ahorros por el Cambio de Ambagana. Al principio, no estaba a favor del programa Ahorros por el Cambio porque tuvimos un grave problema para devolver el dinero cuando tomamos préstamos del BNDA (Banco Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Agricultura) en Mali.

Cuando se le preguntó porqué habían tenido un problema al devolver el dinero al BNDA, respondió “Ni siquiera quiero oír las palabras banco nacional o BNDA. Lo siento”

Hoy, el programa Ahorros por el Cambio de la Fundación Tandana es el banco del grupo puesto que nos ha permitido reunirnos en el mismo sitio cada semana y hablar de como expandirnos mejor con el programa de Ahorros por el Cambio tomando préstamos de nuestros propios fondos. Con los bancos el interés es para ellos, pero con el programa Ahorros por el Cambio el interés es para nosotras. Gracias, Fundación Tandana.

Hawa Tembiné
Hawa Tembiné

Hawa Tembiné:

Soy la tesorera de mi grupo Ahorros por el Cambio. Hemos sufrido mucho con los préstamos de los bancos. Con la introducción de la Fundación Tandana, todas las mujeres de la aldea están contentas con el programa Ahorros por el Cambio, y justo hoy he recibido un préstamo de tres meses. En el día de devolución, el interés volverá a nosotras.

Estoy orgullosa de ser un miembro del grupo Ahorros por el Cambio. Gracias a la Fundación Tandana nos juntamos cada semana. Nunca nos habíamos reunido de esta manera tan regularmente.