An Oasis for women, entrepreneurs and protectors of the environment

In Niger’s capital city Niamey, Oasis intends to be a place for dialogue and action in the fields of sustainable development and women’s labour. This unique place should help foster entrepreneurial innovation, learning, and a raising awareness about climate change.

In Niger, poverty is a huge challenge. It especially affects women, who in 2013 accounted for 75% of the population living below the poverty line. As a direct consequence, Nigerian women, lacking in means, are more severely confronted to the effects of climate change.
 
The Oasis project (specifically a structure installed in Niger’s capital Niamey) intends to partly resolve that issue. Its mission is to host women and young people so they can enjoy an alternative place that was designed and developed to encourage them in becoming an active force in change. The objective is that they get involved in protecting the environment and in working towards women’s autonomy in Niger.
 
A two-pronged aspect
Using awareness-raising initiatives, the Niamey Oasis will fight ecological deterioration stemming from the increased scarcity of resources, the growing infertility of soils or the issue of waste management in the city of Niamey. It also aims at helping women fulfil their dreams, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. The Empow’Her association, working in support of women’s economic and social autonomy worldwide, will provide substance to that facet of the project.
 
By helping women find their rightful place in the nation’s economic life, Oasis also intends to foster a better appreciation of nationwide environmental challenges. Those women who have stayed at Oasis will be in a position to take their turn in promoting eco-responsible behaviour among the communities where they will work.
 
An eco-responsible building
Specifically, there will be a collaborative working space to welcome entrepreneurs and host courses in business innovation, as well as the planned incubation project. This will then be completed with a cafeteria for informal discussions, and with areas devoted to workshops, conferences, screenings etc. Outdoors, a botanical garden is planned in order to put certain courses into practise.  
 
Logically enough, Oasis will set an example by sorting its waste and choosing solar energy, as well as using recycled equipment. The Niamey Oasis was inspired from the REcyclerie in Paris, a facility supported by the Veolia Foundation, which is thus extending its efforts to encourage all sites that raise awareness towards ecological and societal transformation.

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More information about the Oasis, inaugurated in January, 2018.