He devised a business plan that’s improved livelihoods in his native Senegal

Friday, February 17, 2017

Like all veterinarians, Bagoré Bathily loves animals. But he never wanted to work in a clinic. The Franco-Senegalese, born in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and vet-schooled in Belgium, was more interested in how healthy animals could boost food production and how that production could improve people’s livelihoods.

For 10 years now, the result is Dolima, Senegal’s second-largest dairy brand under the milk production company La Laiterie du Berger (LDB). It’s been a thriving social enterprise for some 500 Fulani families in the country’s northern region.

That might make it sound as though launching the enterprise was easy. It wasn’t.

“If we had known it wasn’t possible, we wouldn’t have done it,” Mr. Bathily says amusedly. “And had I known it would have taken this long to make this amount of money, I would have stopped.”

He’s joking. Or at least partly.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
business development, social enterprise