The countries of Senegal and Mauritania are not far from Gouméra, which is why the city has developed into a melting pot of different cultures
Gouméra is located north of the regional capital Kayes. Due to its location in eastern Mali, it is not far from Senegal and Mauritania. Thanks to lively trade with neighboring countries and a pronounced diaspora – people whose roots are in Africa but who currently live in other countries, such as France or Germany – Gouméra has good financial conditions compared to other villages we have visited in Mali. This has allowed the former village to develop into a small town with a lot of potential.
The community has its own village treasury, which is used to organize the administration. The Sonnike people who live in Gouméra are very enterprising and the traders in particular benefit from the through traffic.
The size and location of Gouméra were perfect for setting up a regional warehouse and office for Africa GreenTec, from which we can now supply five other villages with materials and dispatch technicians.
Since then, the small town has changed even more. Gouméra was already very lively before our arrival, with several large mosques, a savings bank and sturdy two- to three-storey houses dominating the southern part of the town. With street lighting and electricity now available for consumption, the positive hustle and bustle on the streets has intensified and people now enjoy the evening hours together. The numerous new buildings in the city also show that the diaspora, motivated by the electrification of the small town, is once again investing more in real estate back home.