The Wikipedia was started in the beginning of 2005, along with the Wolof Wikipedia and the Fula (Peul) Wikipedia. Kasper Souren, a Dutchman who worked with Geekcorps, established this Wikipedia while working in a mission in Mali. Souren wrote in a report to an open source conference a Geekcorps Mali volunteer had created a side project where a person who wrote for the Wikipedia received $1 U.S. per article. The total expenses of the project amounted to fewer than $100 U.S. This project resulted in the partial translation of the interfaces of the Bambara and Fula Wikipedias and the creation of some articles for those Wikipedias. Souren wrote that after 2005 the Bambara and Fula Wikipedias had "only sparse activity". In December 2007 the Bambara Wikipedia had 142 articles and the Wikipedia in Fula had 28 articles.