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The Gambia 2017

The Gambia


The Gambia

After a day’s work in her village’s community garden, this Wolof woman returns to her Mbantan Killing compound at dusk with the fruits of her labor carefully balanced on her head. But her work is not done—there is water to be drawn and carried in buckets from the village well before she can start preparing her family’s evening meal. The cabbage, okra, eggplant, bitter tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers she grows are important both as an addition to her family’s food bowls and as a source of income.
– Keith Arnold ©2016 | PCV The Gambia 2012–2014 | Environment

Republic of The Gambia
Western Africa

Area 11.3K km²

Population 1.97M (174/km²)

Gov’t Republic

Capital Banjul (504K)

GCP/capita $1,700

Unemployment 7%

In poverty 48%

Life expectancy 65 yrs

Infact Mortality 64/K live births


Literacy 56%

Languages English, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula

Religions Muslim 90%, Christian 8%, indigenous 2%

Labor Force Agriculture 75%, industry 19%, services 6%

PCVs 1967–present CURRENT: 82; Education, Health, Environment; TTD: 1,745