They are composed of more than 20 ethnicities including the Wolof and the Peuhl.
Although these various human groups have their own ways they get on very well together.
The Saloum area is mainly inhabited by the Serere who used to have glorious kingdoms of which we can still see some remains including the shell heaps where they buried their kings.
Keur Saloum lodge-hotel maintains a very close and strong relationship with the village of
Toubacouta and is one of the major employers when any socialproblems not covered by local regulations affect them such as industrial injuries or diseases. We decided to set up structures and aid programmes for these populations and also back our staff .
We even launched an agricultural project just outside the village. We turned a 5,000 sq.m. land into a field so that 48 local women could grow various vegetables in order to feed their families and sell the extra production on local markets.
This went on just fine for several years then quarrels and thefts occured which unfortunately put an end to the project. We do hope people will get more sensible so that this profitable business can start again.
We also bring a total support to the Belgian humanitarian NGO « Actions Toubacouta Sénégal” (A.T.S.) which operates in various fields and brings a constant backing and countless donations.
FOLKLORE : Once a week we enjoy the performance of an excellent folkloric group (Allah Lake).
They mingle songs, djembe, ethnic dances and physical presentations and their reputaion has already gone far beyond the Saloum area.