Ané, a mother of three, lives in the Ségou region of Mali. Here, gender inequality is still a major issue. As a woman, she has less access to healthcare, education and jobs.
Before she joined a Tree Aid project, she found it difficult to provide for her children. But then, she transformed her life. "The project trained and equipped us. This has allowed us to improve our income."
But Ané's work doesn't stop there. She said, "The project enabled a sort of open-mindedness in our community. We are beginning to understand that the forest belongs to us and we must protect it from the people who come from elsewhere to cut it all down."
For the future, Ané hopes for continued support for her family. "It is necessary to continue to support us. Lots of things have been done but it is not the moment to give up."