Category Archives: Business

Malian accuracy

It’s been a while since I switched banks and by now my bank identity card as well as my debit card should be ready. Having some money matters to arrange also I went to the bank. You could say that … Continue reading

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Independence day

Yesterday Mali celebrated its 51st year of independence (from France). Traditionally this day comes with festivities in several cities and villages. Macina’s annual event on the 22nd of September is a pirogue race in which several communities stride for the … Continue reading

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Energy consuming -2-

Having made those nice Excel-spreadsheets I mentioned a while ago, and finding the energy and time to visit the water & electricity company turned out to be just the start of an even more energy consuming process. All numbers and … Continue reading

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That’s the way it is

Over time I’ve suggested a couple of times to Amadou to open a bank account and start saving up a bit of money. The answer has always been the same: ‘All banks are thieves, they just take your money. No … Continue reading

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He made it!

A substantial part of the Malian population lives in villages. Most of this villages still have no running water or electricity and daily life focuses on the basic needs. Agriculture is all around and the villagers are more or less … Continue reading

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The Ramadan blues…

Every religion and way of living comes with its particularities. The Muslim religion for instance comes with five prayers a day and 30 days of fasting called Ramadan. Mali being an about 90% Muslim country, life has changed from one … Continue reading

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The dry season…

The hot season, also known as the dead season, came to an end. Temperatures dropped, spirits rose and hope was all around. ‘Soon the tourists will arrive and we’ll be making our living again!’ I’ve heard it from many a … Continue reading

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