Mamadou Lamine Gueye, a Muslim at the head of a Catholic microfinance institution in Senegal
Since 2005, Mamadou Lamine Gueye has been in charge of Caurie-MF, a microfinance institution of the Senegalese Catholic Church, and a partner of the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation since 2012. Portrait of an advocate of the Muslim-Christian dialogue.
"All the actions we take are rooted in the social doctrine of the Church that makes no discrimination based on religion, race or ethnicity," says Mamadou Lamine Gueye with conviction.
Mamadou Lamine Gueye is the Managing Director of the Coopérative autonome pour le renforcement des initiatives économiques par la microfinance (Autonomous Cooperative for the Strengthening of Economic Initiatives through Microfinance - Caurie-MF) whose head office is located in Thiès, 70 km east of Dakar. This microfinance institution was founded in 2005 by Senegalese Caritas, in partnership with the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), a Catholic American humanitarian association member of Caritas Internationalis.
The microfinance institution provides loans to poor female entrepreneurs to allow them start-up income-generating activities. Since its foundation, Caurie-MF has financed the businesses of over 90,000 disadvantaged Senegalese women.