Mali: N'Diaye Korotoumou Traoré

I work to improve the lives of the poor by getting families to generate their own economic activities.

— N'Diaye Korotoumou Traoré

N’Diaye Korotoumou Traoré was born in the town of Toba (area of Bougouni) in 1943. She is the incarnation of a priest woman that concentrates all her energy towards serving her community without any reward. She is a simple woman who understands that Malian women more than ever need support to achieve real equality with men. N’Diaye is married and is the mother of eight children.

N’Diaye Korotoumou Traoré has put her energies into social affairs to help the women of Sikasso. She was a member of the former National Union of the Women of Mali (UNFM) under the second republic. She obtained her social assistance diploma in 1962. She obtained her primary studies certificate in 1955. She had three terms of service in the social health service before retraining to adapt to the frequent change in work methods in the service. By 1957, she was named auxiliary chief of the local social service, then made interim director of the social service. Between 1974 and 1982, she was a member of the Regional Office of the Women of Sikasso. She was a representative from 1982 to the fall of the second republic in 1991. Altogether, she had three mandates of three years each to the cycle of the second republic. This allowed her to be involved in matters of legislature. Madame N’Diaye was secretary to the multi-functional co-operation, then she was in charge of the women’s co-operative for consumption and production created by the government in 1985. She was a trainer in the functional literacy service. She serves as member of the piloting office of the Malian Association for the Social Promotion of the Blind Persons (AMPSA) and, finally, as a technical agent of the social service from 1962 to 1994. This brilliant socio-professional journey allowed Korotoumou Traoré to be effective in several areas of development. In the framework of health and education she brought her assistance to families for social well-being. The nutrition of children and pregnant women are the areas in which Madame N’Diaye has fought. She did not stop campaigning for her compatriots to become literate in order to better manage family resources. She put her energies in ensuring that mothers had the knowledge and techniques to assure children's growth and normal development.

Association Malienne pour la Promotion Sociale des Aveugles (AMPSA)