Spotlight on the Footsteps team

Spotlight is a series of blogs dedicated to showcasing talented Gambian local craftsmen and women we work with at Footsteps Eco-lodge

Local guide, Sarani Darboe.

Sarani Darbo has been a local guide at Footsteps for nearly 18 years now. When we had our bushfire back in February 2007 he was not only a work colleague but also a real friend. He and his wife Roki welcomed me into their home when I had no home myself. They looked after me …

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Gambia Cotton – Made By Ousman.

Gambia Cotton | setting up the loom

Gambia Cotton weaver Ousman Sambou was born on the 10th January 1981 in Thies, Senegal. A modern man, he is father to one son, Omar Sambou, who is named after Ousman’s father. His Mother is Jainaba Sarr and she was a farmer. Ousman tells us ” my father was the best weaver in our region”. …

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Gambia Bird Guide Lamin Bojang

About sustainable Footsteps | Staff | Lamin Bojang

Lamin M Bojang ( Gambia Bird Guide ) was Born on 18th February 1973 in Gunjur village to Malang Bojang and Mbenki Mama Touray. Married to Fatou Wally, they raise six children together. Lamin tells us “My dad was a trader working in Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau”. ” I remember waiting for him to …

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Hand-made Silver Jewellery

Gambia silver smith

Silver Jewellery by Bai. Bai Sering Secka was born on Feb 1st 1962 in the village of Gunjur. Married to Yajatou Ndure they have seven children together. His mother, Rakie Secka was a farmer and his father, Sawalo Secka as his father before him was a silversmith Bai tells us “At the age of 11, …

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Wood Carvings Made in The Gambia

Mallang wood carver

Wood Carvings by Malang. Malang Manneh was born on February 21st, 1972 in a village called Nyofellah on the outskirts of Gunjur. Son of Essa Manneh and Fatou Kebbeh and a father himself to six children. His mother was a farmer and his father a master carver, this is where he gets his incredible talent …

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