The dalasi is the currency of the Gambia. It is subdivided into 100 bututs. The dalasi was adopted in 1971. It replaced the Gambian pound at a rate of 1 pound = 5 dalasis, i.e., 1 dalasi = 0.2 pound = 4 shillings. The name derives from dala, a nickname of the 5 French West African franc note, which in turn derived from "dollar.", while butut is from Wolof butuut, "small thing."
After yesterday's handing over of 400,000 dalasi worth of supplies and stationery to the region, today saw the official inauguration of the teaching-staff living quarters of Njoren Basic Cycle school - a 100,000 plus dalasi community project funded by The Bansang Swiss Project.