Meet Fatoumata Cissoko: Entrepreneur and Innovator


This 90-second video shares the story of Fatoumata Cissoko, a young entrepreneur living in Kindia, Guinea. Fatoumata manages a pineapple farm, uses a chimney solar dryer to dry her pineapple, packages it, and sells in in her community. Her pineapple is sold for the equivalent of $2 USD.

“As her business grows, UC Davis continues to support her enterprise. Go-getters like Fatoumata show us that with a little know-how, innovation, and a ton of work you can get ahead in this crazy work, making her an inspiration to all of us.”

This video was made by the Horticulture Innovation Lab project team in Guinea. This project is establishing a Horticulture Training and Services Center on the IRAG campus, with leadership from young entrepreneurs who are part of the AVENIR program (Agents en Vulgarisation, Entrepreneuriat et Innovation Rurale, or “agents of extension, entrepreneurship and rural innovation") with Feed the Future Guinea Agricultural Services. Fatoumata Cissoko is one of the AVENIRs working at the center.

This video debuted at the 2018 Horticulture Innovation Lab annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. 




Chimney solar dryer