Born in Bassila, a commune located at 372 km from cotonou in northern Benin, Abdou FATAOU, who is in his thirties, began and completed his schooling at the Lycée MEDJI in Sékou in 2010 where he obtained his Diploma in Tropical Agricultural Studies (DEAT). Specialized in the production of cashew tree grafted seedlings, he started his profession in the cashew sector in 2011 with a 5000 m² site where the cashew tree seedling nursery of which he is the owner extends.
Married and father of 2 children, Abdou launches at the beginning of each campaign, a call for voluntary labor of about fifteen men and women that he trains in grafting plants. His relationship with the BeninCajù project began with a field agent who puts him in touch with CRS, one of whom went to meet him in October 2017.
"The BeninCajù project made me understand that it was committed to accompanying me on a technical level. In February 2018, I was invited for training to improve my grafting skills in order to increase my production. That's when I understood that I had to be attached to it in order to benefit from his support. " Abdou FATAOU.
Fataou had a monthly income of around 150,000 CFA francs from the sale of selected seedlings. He had no cash flow, no direct partnerships, no bank account and no financial stability, no idea what the advertisements could bring him. He produced 5000 plants per season.
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