Together we are changing education in Joal and Dakar: the successes of the Good Factory!


A country in western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It became independent of France on the 4th of April 1960. It is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. Nevertheless, it remains among the countries with the lowest level of social development. Almost a half of the country’s area is occupied by farming land, but farming is becoming increasingly difficult due to frequent climate shocks. The highest temperature of 48.8 °C has been recorded in Matam.

  • 38% of the society lives below the threshold of poverty, that is, for less than 1.90 USD per day
  • the employment rate in Senegal is 50.6%
  • 44% of the working population is engaged in farming
  • only 13.9% of the population aged 25 or more has any post-elementary education
  • the literacy index among the youth aged 15 to 24 is 69.8%
We pay for education of

56 girls

at the vocational school in Dakar


of our graduates work in their profession


It’s time to show off what we’ve managed to do thanks to the competitive grant ‘We level the playing field – improving the quality of education and modernising female vocational schools in Joal and Dakar’, awarded to the Good Factory by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Polish Development Assistance programme. And we have really managed to do a lot!

? In Joal:

– We refreshed the Assunta Economic Centre by painting, replacing the door frames and renovating the kitchen. It is now a place that is conducive to education and development.

– We invested in the sanitary infrastructure of the school and built a new outbuilding, which is now used as a laundry and storage facility.

? In Joal and Dakar:

– We organised training courses, including lessons in cutting and sewing, professional cleaning, patisserie, cooking and traditional fabric dyeing.

– We provided the most necessary equipment, furniture, and teaching aids to facilitate women’s learning.

?? Additionally:

– We reduced CO2 emissions and lowered the running costs of the Assunta Economic Centre in Joal by installing photovoltaic systems.

This whole initiative was carried out in collaboration with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, who have been carrying out educational activities for many years. We thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the support provided. Together we are making a huge difference in the lives of these young women.


A total of 140 young women aged between 16 and 26 are studying at the school in Joal and Dakar. They are residents of rural, poor neighbourhoods in Dakar and daughters of economic migrants from Guinea-Bissau

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