Djan has up to 15 customers a day and can hardly keep up. Therefore he now has 5 employees who support him in his daily work. “What must people be able to do when they apply to you?” we ask.
“My employees must be able to do everything. Just like me. Besides the hairdressing salon, I also repair shoes and do various house installations. I am also active as a painter. I inscribe signs and houses for people. The need for all these things is huge and if nobody else does it, I do it. I want to help where I can. I expect the same from my employees. And most of them have enormous potential. They are raw diamonds that I can shape.”
In fact, Djan is a multi-talent and has even completed a tattoo artist training in Bamako to be able to decorate the skin of the villagers with his designs. Through his activities he wants to prevent the people in the village from buying services in another village or the capital. He wants to create new opportunities in his village and use the potential in the village to do so. And it works. Many get on board and start businesses that benefit their village. There are now even 4 hairdressers in Sirakoro; Djan was the first.
For all, electricity is the prerequisite to make a difference in the village. Djan, for example, uses batteries and small solar panels to power his equipment, but has been looking for a better and reliable solution for a long time. Africa GreenTec offers him an alternative with his electricity.
“To be honest, I don’t think about myself that much. Sure, the electricity from Africa GreenTec will also ease my work. But my main goal is to provide the young people in the village with a perspective. I want to stop them from migrating to the countryside and prevent everyone from trying their luck in Bamako. We can also build something valuable here. Together we can do it, because we have the potential.”
In fact, Djan has many plans. He still wants to open an internet cafe and a copy shop in Sirakoro. He would also like to have a gamestore for the children and young people, where they can try the latest Playstation games. Everybody has dreams and Djan makes us believe that we can achieve them regardless of where we are born.
Just before we leave, Djan’s wife comes by. She has a round belly and is probably already in her eighth month. She is very proud of what her husband has done for his village in the last years and hopes that their child will get the same joy of life, energy and solidarity as his daddy.
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