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Meet the Fellows: Selma Margarida Fortes Neves
July 22, 2014

Cabo Verde, Business and Entrepreneurship, Dartmouth College

Selma Margarida Fortes Neves has over four years of experience working in community development and gender issues. She is currently the president of the Cooperative Women of Sal, an integrated project that provides training and empowerment for women heads of single-parent families. The project develops sustainable social projects that help create jobs for disadvantaged people in the community.

Selma previously worked for the City Hall of Sal island. She is also a member of several associations, including RA-AMAO, focusing on empowering African women, and ADAD, working on the environmental protection of Cabo Verde. Selma has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in food science from the State University of Ceara.

Upon completing the Washington Fellowship program, Selma plans to continue working and expanding her cooperative projects.

Photo credit: Selma Margarida Fortes Neves