THE CHALLENGE OF GROWING TOGETHER

Stories of determined and sustainable entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso

In rural areas of Burkina Faso, 90% of the people live below the poverty line. Among the causes of this condition there are certainly the shortcomings of an agricultural sector very tied to tradition and which is struggling to innovate.

Mani Tese, with the project "Innovative social enterprises and participation of migrants for social inclusion in Burkina Faso" co-financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and Maria Enrica Foundation, wants to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the rural population favoring the development of productive, entrepreneurial and innovative activities, enhancing local and agro-ecological agricultural production and promoting the involvement of women, young people and migrants in Italy.

The project also aims to promote quality products from small local producers who are unlikely to be placed on the market.

The project is carried out by a vast partnership of which Mani Tese is the leader and which includes other Italian companies such as the ACRA Foundation, Chico Mendes ONLUS SCSRL, the Center for International Political Studies (CeSPI), Ital Watinoma and the Municipality of Milan, and reality of Burkina Faso such as the Municipality of Ouagadougou, the National Federation of Rural Women of Burkina (FENAFERB), the National Federation of Agro-Food and Processing Industries of Burkina (FIAB) and the Watinoma Association.

In this blog we want to tell the stories of producers and entrepreneurs who, thanks to the support of the project, are growing their businesses and the future of their communities.

1. ELISABETH’S WONDERFUL FUTURE

“Alone we go faster, but together we go further” is the motto of the president of the women’s cooperative “Beog Neere” in Burkina Faso.

2. THE DREAM OF LIVING WITH YOUR OWN CHILDREN

Rakiatou is a tireless worker who, together with other women, processes cereals and produces biscuits that she wants to export abroad. Her dream is to return to live with her children.

3. DIDIER, AN AMBITIOUS ENTREPRENEUR

The young president of the Zaak Songo cooperative in Ramongo in Boulkiemdé, which produces and sells organic papaya jam.

4. LÉA’S REDEMPTION

Léa, an entrepreneur from Burkina Faso, together with 9 other women created the Lompar association, which deals with the processing and transformation of niébé, a local bean with which couscous is also prepared.

5. ANTOINETTE’S STORY

Antoinette, thanks to Mani Tese, is developing a soumbala production company in Burkina Faso and dreams of opening a factory to grow together with the women of the Association she helped found.

6. ZOULAHYA, THE LADY OF PEANUTS

Aged only 24, Zoulahya has been part of the Zuba Wanki association for 6 years, which produces and processes peanuts in Burkina Faso.

7. IDRISSA’S CHICKENS

Idrissa, of the Union des Jeunes Leaders du Boulgou association, tells us how he started the chicken farming business, a very serious “business” in Burkina Faso.

8. GERTRUDE AND THE SHEA BUTTER FACTORY

Gertrude’s dream is to have a large shea butter factory to make her workers economically independent.

9. SARINA’S TOMATOES

The President of the Beog Neere cooperative for the transformation of local products including tomato preserves, which she dreams of exporting to Europe.

10. ALIGUETOU’S “GRAS” RICE

Aliguetou joined the Zekoula Panga cooperative to make available her experience and learn new things: discover her story!

11. OUMAROU’S CHOICE

Oumarou decided not to migrate and to stay in Burkina Faso to continue working as a farmer with the Youkouma cooperative.

12. JEANNE’S COUSCOUS

Jeanne, together with her companions, produces couscous and other food products highly appreciated by customers. Their dream is to be known throughout the country.

13. MARIAM AND THE PRODUCTS OF TRADITION

Mariam produces shea butter and soumbala and would like her cooperative to become a reference point for the entire village.

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