Association Jeunesse et Développement du Mali (AJDM) focuses on protecting vulnerable young people, especially girls, in the district of Bamako. Its goal is to reintegrate them into their families, society and the workplace.
The Djiguiya So (House of Hope) project aims to improve the employability of young mothers and facilitate their professional integration. The girls are housed with their children and receive training in sewing, henna tattooing/beauty care or catering, backed by literacy, financial management and entrepreneurship classes and educational talks on health topics. Throughout the girls’ training, experienced nannies look after their children. Upon graduation, the girls are given a business start-up kit.
AJDM has also set up a Family House, which is a space where families from the neighbourhood can come together for shared activities, thus strengthening the family’s role in their children’s development. Following their training, the young mothers supported by AJDM can come to the centre, benefit from individual and collective support, receive help with parenting and their children’s education, and establish social links so that they are never excluded again.