It is the dream of every African immigrant, Senegalese in particular: to have a home in his native land. But it’s a dream, if it comes true, it’s not without hiccups. Sometimes this dream just turns into a nightmare. Indeed, many are the cases where the immigrant invests from a distance, by entrusting his project to a relative or a real estate agent, without ever seeing his real estate project come true.
This state of affairs indignant Aida Diop, a Senegalese entrepreneur based in Cannes. So, she decides to invest in this niche to facilitate access to property for Senegalese in France.
In February 2O14, with Babacar Ndiaye and Abdoul Anne, two young Senegalese living on the Côte d´Azur (Cannes and Nice), she launched a housing cooperative dedicated to the Senegalese diaspora in France.
Engaged, dynamic, motivated and determined, they thus decide to make their contribution to the assistance and promotion of Senegalese abroad by setting up the housing cooperative SEN 06 (Senegal-Côte d’Azur) to facilitate the task for their compatriots wishing to acquire a property or invest in the country of origin.
Since then, Aida Diop, vice-president and communications officer of the cooperative, and her friends have been roaming forums, Senegalese and African networks to offer their help, give advice, etc.
It is in this sense that in April 2016, she was invited by the Rosas collective in Marseille, which held its forum “They undertake in our neighborhoods”.
To broaden the scope of SEN 06, a partnership was subsequently established with a Senegalese salon in Paris, then Marseille.
In her stronghold, Aida Diop takes part in the Pan-African Salon in Cannes, on the sidelines of the International Pan-African Film Festival.
But Aida Diop and her friends take their action beyond the simple fact of helping Senegalese individuals obtain real estate. This is an initiative designed to also contribute to the economic development of his country of origin, to the contribution of the diaspora in this development.
“In the area of investment development and in economic terms, today if we take the example of social housing in Senegal, it could constitute an engine of economic development thanks to the strong potential for wealth creation and development. ‘direct and indirect jobs in the context of housing construction on the one hand, and on the other hand, the emergence of a manufacturing ecosystem for the regional building components market. It is in this sense that the massive production of housing can boost the “construction” sector and thus drive economic growth. This is where diaspora investment comes in. », Explain the promoters of SEN 06.
In any case, this dynamism has opened up other perspectives for Aida Diop, always at the service of access to property for the diaspora. “Today I give thanks to God because in August I would be responsible for leading a plenary session on real estate investment by African diasporas in France, in collaboration with the organizers of the largest African real estate fair. in France. The best is yet to come because my fight does not end there, “said optimistic Aida Diop.
Source: Afrique Connection