Stories from Benin

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Benin.

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Corey Quinlan Taylor and host community friends

I remember sitting on a wooden stool near my rural home. 

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Students work on computers in the newly renovated library.

Libraries make information more accessible and provide places for people of all ages to read, study and learn about the larger world. They’re also valuable as community meeting spaces and technology hubs.

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Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future

Imagine a world without hunger...

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Sunset Northern Benin

From 1992 to 1994, David Goldman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Boukombé, Benin. Fifteen years later, David returned to continue the work he started, and Atacora Essential was born.

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Beninese Seamstress Apprentices

Kolective began as a grassroots project in the rural village of Cobly in northwest Benin. The project was started by Rural Community Health Volunteer Andrea Nasser as a way to empower adolescent seamstress apprentices by producing and selling handcrafted and unique fashion goods.

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Beninese Woman_Samirath

Samirath’s story is one of hope. She overcame some of the biggest obstacles that young girls her age face, continuing her school and striving to finish her education with limited resources, while caring for a young son at home. She has a lot of promise, and I know she will go far if given the chance.

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Help Mamas Earn: Help Mamas Earn: Me “passing” the red oil machine off to the women’s group

We capped off my “Help Mamas Earn” project with a closing ceremony including the distribution of diplomas (or “attestations,” as they’re referred to here) and the delivery of a palm oil processing machine. And suffice it to say, it was a huge success.

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How a Peace Corps Volunteer helped create a moringa mogul

I met Pierette Djeme in 2013 when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small town in central Benin. 

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