Ms. Irié Lou Colette, President of the National Federation of Food Cooperatives of Côte d’Ivoire (FENACOVICI) died this Friday, March 05, 2021, at the Angré University Hospital Center.
“The General Management of FENASCOVICI is deeply saddened to bring to the attention of national and international opinion the death of the President of the Board of Directors Mrs. IRIÉ Lou Irié Colette today Friday March 5, 2021 in Abidjan” announced this update the FENASCOVICI management on its Facebook page.
Born before independence, Colette Irié Lou did not have the chance to go to school. Like other African women in the 1950s, her fate was mapped out. From a very early age, therefore, she became interested in agricultural work in order to secure a livelihood. This activity will eventually become the key to its success.
Growing up, Colette Irié Lou quickly realizes that not everyone leaves with the same chances in life. Colette Irié Lou has always been able to demonstrate her business acumen as well as her ability to lead women’s groups and seek to improve their living conditions. Thus, in 1983 she founded her first market in Treichville, in the south of Abidjan. Then two years later, she created her food crop cooperative and in 1998, the National Federation of food crop cooperatives of Côte d’Ivoire. But this journey has often been strewn with pitfalls.
Mother of two children, Colette Irié Lou also holds other positions of responsibility in NGOs and other agricultural networks in West and Central Africa. Her fight: the housewife’s basket. And to succeed in this bet, it has 55 employees under its orders.
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