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How the First Lady makes money

While some might assume that the First Lady's Office costs taxpayers a lot of money, this isn't actually the case.

The First Lady receives income from several sources. Here we bring you Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow's main sources of income:

State support

The Office of the First Lady receives financial support from the state, which is paid by the Ministry of Finance to support Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow's official activities.

Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, the then finance minister, Amadou Sanneh said: "If you look at the diplomatic environment in which we operate, you have First Ladies' meetings in Africa. They do some small roles here and there."

In 2018, the Office of the First Lady received D330,000. Sanneh disclosed that Fatoumatta Bah Barrow has a permanent secretary and a protocol officer.

Personal income

The First Lady is from a business family. She uses her income, which she derives from her own personal investments for her personal expenses.

According to sources, the president's wife owns some assets - the details of which aren't available to the public since she's not occupying a political office.

Through her foundation, she also receives donations to help Gambians in need. Fatoumatta has assisted many Gambians to travel abroad for medical treatment.

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