October 5, 2020
DIMA has raised enough money from a GlobalGiving campaign to build the shed to house the new weaving school. Construction was completed in late September. The first loom has been installed and four more will be installed by the middle of October. Potential weaving students have been interviewed and 10 students have been selected. DIMA plans to start training around the end of October.
During the summer a group of weavers in the United States purchased a production floor loom for the school. It arrived in Niamey in early September. After the weaving students master the traditional looms, DIMA plans to train them on the floor looms.
September 7, 2020
National Public Radio (NPR) has published an article on our president, Soumana Saley. The link is here: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/09/07/909204587/whatever-happened-to-the-guy-from-niger-who-dreamed-of-being-a-leather-maestro