Fellow Since 2000
ANBS - Association Nationale des Bouquinistes du Senegal
This profile was prepared when Abdourahmane Mbengue was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Many Senegalese buy textbooks and school supplies from "librairies par terre," open-air bookstores, which sell at low prices. Though most of them are unaware of it, by providing education resources at low cost, these book vendors play an important, though informal, role in education and literacy. By forming a professional association, the booksellers can legitimize their informal segment of the economy, protect their interests as small businessmen, and, most importantly to Abdourahmane, promote education and literacy both in Senegal and across West Africa.