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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Vina Verman

Country of Service: Mali
Title: Small Enterprise Development Volunteer
Time in Country: 2004–2007

During the first two years of Vina's service, the Concord, California, native worked with the Associations of Mahina, conducting training sessions and bringing a mobile bank to the village where she encouraged local people and associations to save their money. Vina also hosted weekly radio shows that discussed culture and community development, painted world maps in local schools, managed a well building project, organized an HIV/AIDS conference, taught bookkeeping skills to women's groups, and tutored high school students in English.

Smithsonian FolkLife Festival: Vina will showcase the Hallmark mudcloth bag project that she worked on during her third year alongside mudcloth artisans from Mali. She will also serve as translator for all three artisans, translating from French or Bambara to English.

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Last updated Nov 20 2013