ECHOPPE today has three particular focuses in its work in West Africa: Micro loans with women in urban areas, the Town and Country Program connecting farmers (men and women) and market vendors in order that both can profit from locally grown produce and improved economics and finally, a focus on ways of improving village life by finding alternative forms of energy.
ECHOPPE also has a project in The Central African Republic started by local women leaders in Bangui.
The aim of these projects is to respond to the base causes of poverty in order to find long term solutions. Working with people in the country, making local life viable, limits rural exodus and migration to other countries. Improved life situations provides hope for people and limits extremist propositions that often produce violent outcomes.
If you would like to assist with the purchase of the truck for the Town and Country Program, go to www.crowdrise.com. In the search box, type Buying a Truck. You should see ECHOPPE's information on that page.
For those who have PayPal accounts, you may make contributions to ECHOPPE via this site, rubrique: "take action"