Interview with Leita Kaldi Davis, October 27, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Leita is from upstate New York and worked with universities and the United Nations. At 55 she decided to apply for the Peace Corps. Invited to Senegal to work in small enterprise development (SED), first noticed the smell of earth and ocean in Dakar. Her pre-service training was in Thies. Her host family’s Muslim grandfather took her on pilgrimages and visited mosques. He gave her a Senegalese name, Adjia Sagar Cisse. She wanted a remote site and was placed in Fimela in the Fatick region that covered a dozen other villages. The government official assisting women’s groups became her counterpart. Leita advised on such businesses as handicrafts, food service, clothes production, tourism, and souvenirs. Village women had to gain permission from their husbands and the imams to pursue their initiatives. Leita used a seven-step approach in her SED consultancy. She also supported community small projects, e.g. sanitary facilities at school. Senegal, 1993 – 1996, Small Enterprise Development

Interview Accession

2021oh0906_pcrv0433

Interviewee Name

Leita Kaldi Davis

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2021-10-27

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Davis, Leita Kaldi Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 27 Oct. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Davis, L.K. (2021, October 27). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Davis, Leita Kaldi, interview by Randolph A. Adams. October 27, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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