I once attended a business opportunity seminar and we had discussions on the poor living standards in West Africa as a result of high prices of goods, especially food and clothing, not to mention the many years of rent advance demanded by Shylock landlords and house agents. Different reasons were adduced for the rise in poverty with the wide gap between the rich and the poor! Dramatically, a young teacher asked our team leader a brainstorming question: “Where on earth can one relocate to in West Africa and live on US$ 100 per month and be at peace? Thereafter, a total silence befell us, the listeners. We all thought of all the expensive cities in both the Anglophone and Francophone countries. One could best imagine how many years an average salary earner needed to save to rent a decent apartment to pay for between two to four years’ advance payment demanded by some Shylock landlords. How about the high cost of food, transportation and lack of basic amenities to make life comfortable, not to think of all the high crime rate that makes most residents restless in the night or feel unsafe. Furthermore, there are so many bills to take care of like expensive school fees, medical bills, clothing and so many other necessities.
Taking a critical assessment of several countries, in terms of affordable country to live, with average cost of living, affordable and accessible housing and modern social amenities available; we came to this conclusion. None can beat this small, but hospitable state, called The Gambia.
Take a look at this break down of the average living cost in The Gambia:

1. Cost of self contain accommodation per month: D800.00
2. Cost of feeding (Breakfast like “Tapalapa” + Tea,
Lunch like “Benechin”, Dinner like Fufu + Chicken) D1,300.00
3. Transportation to work (To & Fro) D300.00
4. NAWEC (Utility Bill for Electricity per month) D100.00
5. Internet Access using your Mobile phone to browse on PC per month. D200.00
6. Phone recharge cards (D25/week) D100.00

The Smiling Coast of Africa

TOTAL D2,800.00
At the official exchange rate of US$1= D28.00, US$100= D2,800
Is this realistic? Yes. I actually spend less, because I shop for my foodstuffs from the main markets like Serrekunda. Sometimes, I buy four big fishes for D20 only! I eat a lot of sea foods like crabs (medium sizes are sold for D5 for a set of three). I make the “Saddam Rice” into fufu and buy chicken for D50 per kg.

Now do a similar analysis of other countries and compare the cost of living. Factor in the access to good portable drinking water, security of lives and property, easy access to affordable housing and rent payment being demanded, state of science and technology and cost of medical bills, cost of doing business, employment opportunity and government bureaucracy.

Why on earth do the tourists from Europe, America and other parts of the world flock to this tiny city during the winter season to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and beauty of the flora and fauna associated with The Gambia? The hospitality is unrivalled. It is also one of the cheapest tourist destination with all the infrastructures in place.
As a self-employed resident in West Africa, income of between D5, 000 – D15, 000 can make you live like a king in The Gambia. Get unique business ideas to choose from this book: “Multiple Streams of Income in The Gambia”
Graduate teachers earning between D4,500-D8,000 monthly can make some savings while living in their own apartments and not mere exist and squat with friends or relations like some do in most cosmopolitan cities in West Africa due to inability to save any reasonable income from their meager salaries.
Now, won’t you rather relocate to the smiling coast of The Gambia to HOLIDAY, WORK, LIVE, INVEST OR RESIDE? For additional details and guide, send an email to: cmfgam@gmail.com with subject: Work, live or Reside in The Gambia.


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